Jerusalem Model, Israel Museum
Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 7, 2009
Because my son is in Netanya with friends, Baruch and I signed up for a tour of the Jerusalem Model at the Israel Museum. We went mainly because the guide, Asher, is one of my coworkers and a very fine tour guide. I took a few photos, some HDR (handheld) and some conventional.
The traffic is really slow during the Sukkot holiday, so we walked from the bus station to the museum. The road runs through the government buildings and past the Knesset. I stopped to take this HDR photo:
The model represents Jerusalem during the Second Temple period (around the time of Jesus), based on texts drawn from the Babylonian Talmud and Josephus. I never saw the model when it was at the Holyland Hotel. My husband tells me it’s much more impressive and accessible at the Israel Museum.
Asher is the one in the green baseball cap:
It was appropriate to move the model to the Israel Museum, not only because of the museum’s central location, but because of the proximity of the Shrine of the Book, which houses some of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Shrine of the Book is surmounted by a white dome in the shape of the top of the type of jar in which the scrolls were discovered, opposite a black basalt wall. The juxtaposition represents the apocalyptic battle between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness, an important theme in the sectarian documents.
This photo of the dome is a conventional shot with a sunflare. The sun was fairly low in the sky because we’ve moved the clocks to winter time and we were there in the late afternoon.
I moved around to the other side and took three exposures to merge into an HDR photo. I was trying to get the cloudy, pink-coloured sky (a rarity after a very dry summer):
During the tour itself I took a few shots of the model and converted them to HDR. The photo below is a wide view of the model. The large structure at the front is the Temple and its courtyards.
This photo is a closer view of the Temple grounds. The raised structure at the center back of the Temple grounds is the Holy of Holies, which only the High Priest could enter, and only on Yom Kippur. The portico on the left side was the Royal Portico, added by Herod the Great.