An Orange Blossoming …

The smell was so beautiful .. the weather so fine.. just a relaxing weekend in Jericho.

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

Orange Blossoming

— Jack Rabah

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My last weekend in Jericho

Jericho weather in the Winter is amazing. Being around 360 meters below sea level, the difference between Ramallah and Jericho is about 1,200 meters in altitude. The temperature is about 10 degrees Celsius warmer in Jericho. During the Winter we spend a lot of weekends at our house there. Here are a few pics from last weekend:

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— Jack Rabah

A museum with a story …

Ever since the Russian President Medvedev opened the Russian Museum and Park Complex in 2011, I wanted to go visit and explore this new attraction in Jericho. Even though I go to Jericho very often, I finally went there yesterday. I really enjoyed the visit and will definitely go back again for a closer look.

The museum contains archeological artifacts dug up from the site itself with items going back as far as fifth century after Christ. A byzantine building with a mosaic center piece was uncovered and other rooms from subsequent eras. Excavations are still ongoing and will hopefully fill up the beautiful museum cabinets with more interesting artifacts. The other main part of the museum collection are photographs uncovered in the sheds on the same estate which were used by Russian Pilgrims around the year 1900. The photos were from the same period and showed Russian Pilgrims on their visits to Nazareth, Jerusalem, Hebron, and Jericho. Some of the photographs have been enlarged and occupy a good part of the museum.

The guides were so helpful and explained in detail about every piece of history on display there. I even got to meet the museum director and chat for some time while a lovely guide took my kids on a tour of the park outside. I encourage you to make it a stop of your next visit to Jericho!

Here are some photos from the visit:

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Museum from outside and inside under the main dome. In 3rd photo you can see the reconstruction of the mosaic floor discovered along with what remains from the original piece.

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Russian pilgrims at land around the Oak of Abraham near Hebron. Nowadays it is the location for Russian Orthodox convent and pretty much the only place with Christians in Hebron.

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Russian Church and convent in Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem.

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Russian pilgrims in Nablus near Jacob’s well.

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In Jerusalem in front of the Dome of the Rock.

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Amazing photo of pilgrims before Saturday of the dead all carry flowers before visiting graves.

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More of the museum collection.

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My kids at the museum.

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Excavation locations

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Gifts brought from Russia for the opening.

And finally, a fragment of the mosaic center piece uncovered on the site:

Mosaic fragment at Russian Museum in Jericho

Mosaic fragment at Russian Museum in Jericho

 

— Jack Rabah

Catch of the day!

Finally, and after two crazy weeks at work, I have time to go spend the weekend in Jericho and take a few shots here and there.

This time we had relatives visiting so we went and rode the Jericho cable cars up to Qruntol Mountain (Mount of Temptation) were Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil. It was too late to visit the Monastery as they don’t allow visitors except at set hours. But the sunset view was amazing from there and the kids enjoyed the ride.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

— Jack Rabah

My relaxing spot ;)

I think everyone should have a place to relax, when they can. A place where you don’t worry about much, a place with nice scenery, and a place that is quiet.

Jericho, the oldest city in the world, the city of the moon, the lowest spot on earth, and my relaxing spot. There are many reasons to like the place including the weather, the history, religious spots, the fertility, the orange trees, and the quiet atmosphere. I will not say much more, but will leave you with a sample of the photos I took over the past few years there.

— Jack Rabah