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Uniform by HeianMD
Due to the rising tension in Jerusalem starting on September 2015, when every couple of days a terrorist attack was carried out on Jewish Israeli civilians, police presence in the city was increased noticeably. Being a prime target of terrorists, the officers were equipped with military grade vests and helmets, and a light semi-automatic weapon instead of the police-issued handgun.

In the frame, two police officers near Jaffa Gate, a Jewish Quarter private security guard, and a civilian having a sandwich.

Old Jerusalem, Israel. Photography by me
Tower of David by HeianMD
Tower of David
Jerusalem Citadel was a citadel which protected the old city for thousands of years. King Hezekiah was the first to specifically fortify the area, in attempt to prevent Sîn-ahhī-erība, the Assyrian king, from invading the city in 701 BC. In the 2nd Century BC, under the rule of the Hasmonean dynasty, Jerusalem expanded to the "Western Hill", which is now what's called the Armenian and Jewish Quarters of the Old City. They too, fortified the area with a wall. King Herod, who overtook the power from the Hasmonean dynasty, added three massive towers to the fortification Circa 36 BC to the vulnerable Northwest part of the hill - where the citadel is now located. 

The three towers were named after his brother, Phasael, his second wife, Mariamne, and his good friend, Hippicus. Of all three, the base of Phasael tower is the only remaining one today. In the 4th Century CE, a community of monks established itself in the citadel. It was then, in the Byzantine Period, that the citadel acquired the wrong name Tower of David, as Byzantines mistakenly identified it to be the palace of King David mentioned in the Bible. The Rashidun Arabs have refurbished the citadel after their conquest of Jerusaelm  (638 CE), and later surrendered it to the Cursaders Circa 11th Century CE. 

The Crusaders fortified it against the Ayyubid Saladin, but the latter captured it in 1187 CE. It was later destroyed, rebuilt, destroyed, rebuilt, and finally destroyed by the Mamluks in 1260. The present shape was given to it by the Mamluk Sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun, who rebuilt the citadel in 1310. Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Sultan, repurposed it to be a garrison for the Turkish troops, and installed a mosque and a minaret. The minaret assumed the title "Tower of David" and was one of the first things the people who came to Jerusalem would see. 

Today, the Tower of David museum is resided in several rooms of the citadel, and exhibits 4000 years of Jerusalem under different rulers. 

Old Jerusalem, Israel. Photography by me
Out of the Walls by HeianMD
Out of the Walls
In the 19th Century CE, the natural expansion of Jerusalem lead out of the safety of the walls of Old Jerusalem. After thousands of years when the people resided inside the walls, closed the gates every night even, within 50 years, Jerusalem expanded so much the majority of it is now outside these walls. 

In the 40's of the 19th Century, during the Ottoman Period, the population of Old Jerusalem reached to the bursting point, so much so that Ottoman officials, philanthropists, and diplomats of other countries were very interested in the areas outside these walls. Different bodies, including big nations and churches started buying property surrounding Jerusalem - especially to the west and north of it. One of those, was Sir Moses Montefiore, who in his visits to Jerusalem was deeply concerned about the state of the Jewish community within the walls. 

The first to build out of the walls were the Christians, then the Muslims, and only lastly - the Jews; but it was the work of the Jews that tilted the scales in favour of the New City - the sheer numbers of buildings and neighbourhoods, and the fact they were intended for living. The few public buildings outside the walls were hospitals, as an answer to the Christian mission (which owned several hospitals), or modern schools. Mishkanot Sha'ananim , Peaceful Habitats in Hebrew, was the first Jewish neighbourhood out of the walls.

In the photo above you see a newer neighbourhood, which I mistook to be Mishkanot Sha'ananim. In actuality, the old neighbourhood is to the left of the frame.

Viewpoint on New Jerusalem from Old Jerusalem, Israel. Photography by me
St. Francis over the Wall by HeianMD
St. Francis over the Wall
The day I visited the old city of Jerusalem with our guide,  was rather weird in terms of weather - as you can easily see in the photos. One moment the sun was out and the sky was clear blue, a moment later it was grey and stormy, and moments later back to blue. As the guide took us on the road along the wall of the old city - and the first building we've encountered was this - the Franciscan Abbey (Monastery of St. Saviour).

St. Francis (1181 - 1226) was a Roman Catholic preacher who founded several Orders. Francis joined the Fifth Crusade to Egypt in 1219, and after meeting with the Sultan, they reached to an understanding in regards religion. In 1217, when the Holy Land was established as a province of Syria, and Brother Elias was selected to be its Minister. They first settled in a small house near Station VI of the Via Dolorosa, then in the Coenaculum on Mt. Sion, and then in the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

In 1342, Pope Clement VI released a Papal bull declaring the Franciscans were the official custodians of the Holy Places for the Catholics Church. Their Custody of the Holy Land is still in force today, and the monastery is situated in the Christian Quarter in Old Jerusalem. They work all over the Middle East.

Old Jerusalem, Israel. Photography by me
Blue by HeianMD
In Judaism in general, and Jewish Mysticism in particular, the colour blue has high significance. They are commanded in the Bible to use blue dye in the fabrics of the Tabernacle and later the Temple, as well as adding a blue fringe to each corner of their praying shawls, and the jacket of the High Priest, the covers to the Candelabrum, Showbread Table, and Gold Altar were all made of blue-dyed cloth. The reason for that is very symbolical.

While red is the earthy, lively colour of materialism, and therefore is the colour the instruments used in the Yard of the Tabernacle / Temple (as they were made of copper), blue is the most spiritual of the colours. The sky, the symbol of spirituality, is colourless, but when one looks at them, they seem to be blue - the blue is therefore not actually there, metaphorically, and is solely spiritual. In Jewish Mysticism blue is the connection of materialism and spirituality, the early hours of dawn when the sky turn from black to blue, and the emanations of Kingship and Understanding. 

Photo above is a door to a Jewish house, or possibly an old synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. 

Old Jerusalem, Israel. Photography by me



DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 1:23 AM

  • How long have you been on DeviantArt? 5 years, I think.

  • What does your username mean? A nickname I got when I was young, using it on several platforms still

  • Describe yourself in three words. So very odd :D

  • Are you left or right handed? Right handed in most things, some things - left handed.

  • What is your favourite type of art to create? photomanipulations, mostly.

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? traditional art, specifically painting.

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Digital art; photomanipulations.

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? Sadly, she's no longer a deviant artist.

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? Good question, dunno.

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? Some of the people here supported me when I needed it the most. Some taught, inadversly,  me how I need to remember to protect myself from people on the internet

  • What are your preferred tools to create art? My computer, my Photoshop, and my Wacom

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? My room

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? I have an awful memory. Seriously, I'm like a sieve.


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LJEKC Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015

Hello, welcome in Fantasy-NPC  :) (Smile)


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HeianMD Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
TheSkull31 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy 25th birthday, Heian. I hope yours is a good one! :hug:
HeianMD Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much! :D i actually forgot about my bday until someone on facebook reminded me haha
TheSkull31 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's interesting. So how has everything been for you since the last time we had a conversation?
HeianMD Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to be perfectly honest, I don't remember when we last spoke :/
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Darkdeathgrace Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
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vlad-parja Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! >:D<
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