Trip to Old City, Jerusalem

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Old City Wall, Jerusalem. (land-of-the-bible.com)

Here, from GlobeTrotter Alpha, is a 15-minute video of the Old City, Jerusalem, capital of Israel, with its Jewish, Muslim, Armenian and other sections, including the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Big events there today. Most of the shots, however, linger pleasantly and take us along the many passageways perhaps not frequented by tourists. No voice-over – this is Jerusalem as seen and heard by its residents.

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Trip to Old City, Jerusalem

  1. Very touching. It is surprisingly enjoyable to watch! It reminds a lot of the similar places and events in my home country, China. Old alleyways, kids playing balls at palazas, street markets, people riding bicycles, old city walls, and even the rooster crowing before sunrise… are all similar. The texture of life is so rich!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    • I think you will find, Yang, that there are certain commonalities to old cities and old districts that transcend cultural differences around the world. Cities that have grown organically over time tend to have much in common because humans with the same needs have built places to live that evolve slowly along with the changes in those needs, using best practices developed over time. Modern architecture does none of that.

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