Local Photography

Woman preparing Herbs in Courtyard of St. Gerasimus or Deir Hogla, near Jericho

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 26.02.2006:


"In the courtyard, a table was set up in the middle arch with an enormous aluminium vat on the left. An elderly woman with short grey hair was seated in front of the table preparing herbs. Large piles of watercress, parsley and other herbs awaited her attention. As we left, I learned of some of the touristic(...)

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Cures cast in Wax, St. Gerasimus Monastery or Deir Hogla near Jericho

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 26.02.2006:


The church on the second floor at the St. Gerasimus convent holds some unusual sights, as recorded in my journal entry for March 22, 2005. "Now we climbed the staircase in the courtyard to a church above the chapel. It too was richly ornamented and full of paintings. Harry Potter has nothing on St. Gerasimu(...)

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The Courtyard of St. Gerasimus or Deir Hogla near Jericho (3)

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 26.02.2006:


There were so many things competing for my attention in the courtyard of St. Gerasimus. Should I take photos or notes? Should I study the architecture, the paintings, the stalls, the people or the plants? Such was my quandry on my trip to the monastery. About a third of the way into the courtyard was a kind(...)

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The Courtyard of St. Gerasimus or Deir Hogla outside Jericho

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 26.02.2006:


Hailing from Lycia in Asia Minor in the fifth century, St. Gerasimus first stayed with St. Theodosius near Ebiediyeh before heading out to establish his own monastery, where the hermit life was combined with a communal life. At one time the desert was honeycombed with the caves, cells or monasteries of monk(...)

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The Courtyard of St. Gerasimus, or Deir Hogla outside of Jericho (2)

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 26.02.2006:


The courtyard of St. Gerasimus holds many paintings, including an unusual one of Jesus holding a fetus in his hand, not seen here. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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“The City in the Hill” Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


“See that hill over there? There’s a city in it.” That is how one villager described the hill of Khirbet el Khokh, seen here with part of the Artas valley in the foreground. The site is thought to house the remains of Etam, one of fortified cities during the period of the southern kingdom of Judea over 2500 (...)

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Even the Vegetables are Strange in Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


When sent out to buy vegetables by his wife, Musa Sanad was just as likely to return home with one of these knives collected from the village and surrounding areas, for the Artas Ethnographic Museum. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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The Cave under the Artas Ethnographic Museum

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


Exploring this cave, which dates back at least to Roman times, is one of the things youngsters especially enjoy on their visits to Artas. The cave was cleared of debris and rubble by a team of French volunteers during the renovation by the Artas Folklore Center of the building which now houses the museum. O(...)

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The Renovated Artas Spring

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


The Artas Spring just across from the Omar Mosque, built on the spot where Omar bin Khattab prayed, was renovated by the Artas Folklore Center, just one of several renovation projects. There are chambers and niches inside and an opening in the top, which lead some villagers to believe it may have served as a(...)

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Convent of the Enclosed Garden, Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:


The Convent of the Hortus Conclusus or "Enclosed Garden" was built in 1901 by engineers from the Morcos family in nearby Bethlehem to house an Italian order of nuns from Uruguy. It is thus not only a fitting reminder of the verse from Solomon's song after which it is named, but also that Artas has always bee(...)

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