Architecture & Interiors

Door of Bethlehem (15)

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 27.05.2006:


Hind Orfali El-Ama A series of paintings about Doors of Bethlehem The painting process Oil on canvas with palette knife For more about the painter, see http://www.thisweekinpalestine.com/inside.php?id=11&ed=114Her website:www.hind.se Original Content Creator: Hind Orfali El-Ama

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Door of Bethlehem

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 27.05.2006:


Hind Orfali El-Ama From her series of paintings "Doors of Bethlehem" For more about the painter: Original Content Creator: Hind Orfali El-Ama

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Wood used in building

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 27.05.2006:


Doors, windows and furniture were made from Oak (arabic: Ballout), Mahagoni, Teak, Katrani or other hardwood which had to be imported from Europe, thus being very expensive, but lasting very long. Original Content Creator: Vinzenz Hokema

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Doorways: Arched and straight

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 25.05.2006:


Walls in traditional Palestinian houses are constructed with far more tricks and secrets than expected. This door leading to the roof of the Lama House in Bethlehem has an arched lintel on the inside, and a straight one outside. Though the lintels are built differently, the wall is not divided. It often is(...)

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Modern ways of building houses

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 25.05.2006:


The facades of newly built Palestinian houses are usually made of limestone and contain references to old styles of building (e.g. arches). This is requiered by municipal law (in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and other areas).As visible in the aperture, not the natural stones are supporting the weight of the bui(...)

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Storeys for the next generation

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 18.05.2006:


In many old Palestinian homes, staircases lead up to the flat roof, looking a little bit like a room has been knocked down there. The edges of some of the walls are not sealed off and some of the building blocks reach out further than others. But nothing has been destroyed on the roof; the walls have not b(...)

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Traditional building of house walls

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 18.05.2006:


Traditional Palestinian houses have very thick walls (often 100 - 120 cm), protecting the rooms from the outside temperatures, keeping the house cool in summer, and warm in winter. To save expensive stone, two parallel walls are built rather than one solid one. The gap is filled with a mixture of earth, gr(...)

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Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature

Contributed by IssafNashashibi Center For Culture And Literature on 18.03.2006:


Once the private home of a member of Jerusalem's prominent Nashashibi family, this beautiful building in Sheikh Jarrah now offers exhibitions, performances and activities to the public. Director Bashir Barakat's favorite activity is delving into dusty archives to uncover the history of the city and its famil(...)

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Jacir Palace Intercontinental Hotel

Contributed by Yusef Daher on 08.03.2006:


The Intercontinental hotel in Bethlehem was once the home of a prominent Bethlehemite from the Jacir family. Original Content Creator: Arab Hotel Association

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Students from Bethlehem University’s TEMPUS Program in the Artas Valley

Contributed by Paltour news on 02.03.2006:


Students from Bethlehem University's Masters Program in Pilgrimage, Tourism and Culture visit Artas to explore the possibilities of Agricultural Tourism Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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