Bayt Lahem

Kandaseh

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 07.07.2006:


A window is situated on top of most old Bethlehemite doors. They would be kept open at most times, thus ventilating the house as well as, more importantly, letting daylight inside in the time when there was no electricity. Traditional doors are, for reasons of statics, usually built with an arch, while t(...)

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Kandaseh

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 07.07.2006:


A window is situated on top of most old Bethlehemite doors. They would be kept open at most times, thus ventilating the house as well as, more importantly, letting daylight inside in the time when there was no electricity. Traditional doors are, for reasons of statics, usually built with an arch, while t(...)

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Door of Bethlehem

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 07.07.2006:


An old door in Fawaghreh St, Bethlehem, near the Market. Original Content Creator: Vinzenz Hokema

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The Holy Family on their way to Egypt

Contributed by Mike Giacaman on 19.06.2006:


This statue in the Milk Grotto is showing how St. Joseph and Virgin Mary with Jesus Christ are escaping to Egypt from King Herod. Original Content Creator: Mike Giacaman

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Outside kitchen

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 08.06.2006:



The kitchen of the Lama house was not situated in the house itself, but in a separate lodge next to the main building. The Taboun, the traditional wood oven,

was situated here as well.

Today, only the foundation walls are left.

Margueritte Lama's house, (...)

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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.

Margueritte Lama's house, Manger Street, Bethlehem.

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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, while it is one undivided wall apart fr(...)

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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 way 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(...)

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