One of the most beautiful houses in the Greek-Colony quarter in Jerusalem, is the International Christian Embassy building.
The villa was built in the early 30s by the contractor Haci Ibrahim , and was called " Villa Circassi" due to the contractor's Circassian origin.
From the mid -30s of the 20th century to the Second World War, the building served the Czechoslovak Consulate . After 1948 Independence-War the building was transferred to the Custodian of Absentee Property and the Ivory-Coast embassy rented it until 1980. Between 1980 to 1997 the building served the Hartman Institute, and since 1997 the building serves as the International Christian Embassy , a non-diplomatic institue.
( A Wikipedia source).
Location on map: 31.7638, 35.2144, -0.3 exp. bias due to bright daylight.
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snunney (106427) 2014-06-27 2:17
A fine capture of this very attractive villa with a chequered history. I like the point of view with the steps leading to the front door making an inviting lead-line; also the framing offered by the adjacent trees. Very good technical presentation.
amaryllis (37039) 2014-06-27 2:19
Une belle villa remarquable de par son architecture et une note explicite sur les étapes d'appartenance de celle ci
Un façade circulaire au milieu,un beau jardin d'agrément devant
Merci de ce partage
dip (23892) 2014-06-27 2:22
indeed a very beautiful building,
very nice capture with great sharpness and amazing colours,
thanks for sharing,
jhm (159891) 2014-06-27 2:32
What a lovely and bright picture, also wonderful architecture picture.
Congratulations to the architect but also to the photographer for take of these nice picture.
Excellent captured, nice composition, colours and sharpness are of high quality.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
lousat (97497) 2014-06-27 2:46
Hi Ike,truly elegant this villa with a lot of history and used by a lof of different peoples,great capture with a perfect exposure and bright detail and colors,an unique and interesting architechtural style,i like it! Have a nice WE and thanks,Luciano
pierrefonds (71051) 2014-06-27 4:36
The trees are framing well the building. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the architecture of the building. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
carlo62 (54870) 2014-06-27 5:48
bella e originale architettura, immersa in un bel giardino fiorito e coronata da uno splendido cielo.
Una bella e interessante condivisione.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-06-27 6:47
I like ornate and intricate architectures which we can only see in older buildings, modern buildings are boring. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
Cricri (125786) 2014-06-27 8:34
Ah oui c'est une très belle villa, j'aime surtout les deux terrasses, la décoration que donne les plantes et palmiers, le tout sous une très belle lumière, belle présentation
Nicou (150928) 2014-06-27 9:59
quelle vue sur cette ambassade sueprbe captage et image avec ces palmiers le le rendu sur la pierre cette architecture sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-27 10:28
A fascinating post Ike. I have not heard of this Christian Association and found the link helpful. They occupy a gorgeous building; so distinctive and now well maintained after a variety of occupants. Shamefully, I had not heard of the Greek Colony either... my knowledge of Israel and Jerusalem is scant at best so your shot has got me going on a bit of Google search!
Thanks for this and warm regards
Silvio1953 (152823) 2014-06-27 13:06
Ciao Ike, great view of fantastic building, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
clic (18484) 2014-06-27 14:56
This is a splendid old building adorned of much fine designs in the stone rails. Those arches are splendid too.
The lone palm tree adds much elegance to your photo setup.
mcmtanyel (28936) 2014-06-27 19:20
Very nice house. I looked at the Wikipedia article you pointed to, it doesn't mention much other than International Christian Embassy Jerusalem hosting Feast of Tabernacles. What do they do? Is it a mission agency?
jcpix (13948) 2014-06-27 20:18
Good morning Ike,
To touch upon your exchange with Rosemary, this is indeed a wonderful example of learning about the world through our shared passion of photography. This is something I'm sure most of us would never have known about without the benefit of your camera and first hand knowledge. Always a pleasure to learn about your city/country from such a perspective. A beautiful building indeed, I would have guessed a Spanish or South of France villa. You see, we really do learn something new every day. :) Wonderfully lit under the bright sun, full of detail and intrigue. Thanks for sharing another corner of town. Have a great day ahead. All the best.
PaulVDV (32587) 2014-06-27 23:57
A very beautiful front facade of this house, presented well with the trees framing the building and with the flowers and plants colouring the foreground.
Excellent composition, clarity, sharpness.
Best regards, Paul
resat1972 (7576) 2014-06-28 2:14
warm beautiful photo
excellent color and composition
ourania (51079) 2014-06-28 7:34
this building is a gem, I like this kind of architecture very much, it's elegant and immediately evokes the atmosphere in the Mediterranean in the first decades of the 20th century. I like how you framed the building with the distinct vegetation and how sharp all the details are. Despite the inconvenient angle of the light, the clarity and the colours are lovely. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
ChrisJ (117715) 2014-06-28 11:04
Good graphism of thge building using the blue sky as a suitable backdrop. The reddish salmon pink colour also adds a nice warm cold color contrast. Excellent sharpness and well framed & composed. The date palm at left is positioned well on the 1/3 axis. Have a great Sunday!
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-06-28 17:28
Ike, a magnificent house that stands out with its very unique and attractive architecture, its elegant color and its setting!
the light is magnificent!
Regarding my last post, I like to go to the stadium early before it gets filled so I can wander around and take a couple of pictures..Once the people arrive they are everywhere and it is very hard to take a descent panoramic picture..The capacity of Maracana is 80,000 people and believe me it is always packed...so are all stadiums in Brasil during the World Cup..
so the empty seats that you see soon will be filled with passionate fans like me...
kalimera file mou!
rychem (42530) 2014-06-28 22:24
The architecture of this house is really wonderful, beautiful capture, good light, great clarity and perfect sharpness
papagolf21 (109160) 2014-06-28 23:47
Bonjour, cher Ike,
Très intéressant sujet parfaitement mis en valeur. J'admire la qualité architecturale de cette Ambassade.
Le tout ressort avec magnificence.
emka (106608) 2014-06-29 2:01
Hi Ike, Wonderful building from this pink stone. Very elegant balconies and the garden, very small but with beautiful flowers. Marvelous presentation in a beautiful sunny day. Interesting history of its tenants. I have read in Wikipedia that The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) is a Christian Zionist organisation. Christian Zionism is a belief among some Christians that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, is in accordance with Biblical prophecy. Earlier I heard about the Zionists in Poland in 1968, when many my friends had to leave Poland as zionists. But I do not think they were zionists in this meaning.
Warm regrads MAlgo
macjake (72447) 2014-06-29 11:23
I appreciate the map view too, thanks for that one.
its interesting to hear about these buildings and how they change hands over the years.
Looks very elegant, I wonder how it looks on the inside.
a fine subject, a unique one.
good photo despite the bright mid day sun.
danos (103082) 2014-06-30 0:09
a really beautiful stone house with the trees that surrounded to make the whole image of it even more effective.I like the architectural style of it as looks as some mansion buildings in Greece.
Have a good week,Danos
abmdsudi (57632) 2014-06-30 11:48
Highly impressive architectural shot making a pleasant sunny day out and so much to admire the way the light is highlighting it all and the history to illustrate this piece. It's finely composed leading the eye straight to centre of attraction full of lively colours where the intense blue sky has added the extra boost and contrast stunningly to the setting. Inclusion of lush foliage does make a nice little frame in the corners soothing the visual effect at the same time. Great effort, a shot beyond reproach, Congrats.
photoray (13981) 2014-06-30 11:56
Fine view of this neo Romanesque villa, especially the dominate arches portico. And enhanced by the surrounding manicured landscaping. Would love to visit.
Thanks for sharing,
Didi (60590) 2014-06-30 15:13
Nice view on this old architecture with a very good lights ambiance
nikkitta (17068) 2014-06-30 16:34
How very interesting and informative post, both building and note
An embassy quite new in the sense located in an original building with so many owners
Like the composition framed by vegetation and the well kept flowers at the front
Well done, good TE contribution
jemaflor (103049) 2014-06-30 23:26
Interesting architecture and photo, well composed with palmtree and pleasant with light and colors, tfs.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-07-04 3:25
it is indeed very beautiful villa and I like its elegant and stylish decorative motives. The palm trees around make it look quite exotic but also add some nice lively accent to the place. Well taken and framed, with saturated colors and good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
Miguel82 (27752) 2014-07-04 19:45
That picture was captured on a sunny day Ike, the garden is perfectly maintained with flowers and palm trees, beautiful edifice, bright hues, greetings
PiotrF (22898) 2014-07-06 13:38
very nice capture of this attractive villa with great sharpness and amazing colours.
A very interesting architecture is showed by you in this photo.
cornejo (46708) 2014-07-12 11:10
Hello Ike, very good picture of this interesting and beautiful building, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, good light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
jmdias (68605) 2014-07-14 17:39
it is a very beautiful house. I liked these arches and the style. good framing using the date palm. nice light and sharpness.
adramad (49470) 2014-07-17 8:04
Great composition, with the image of this beautiful palace, which the gardens and especially the beautiful palm trees add a touch of great charm.
Splendid sky is a great complement.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well seen and done better. I like it
Have a good day.
NorthernLight (2383) 2014-07-19 14:35
although I prefer a cabin in the woods to live in, I agree with you: This building with the lush greenery is really beautiful!
The photographer has done a good job! The one who looks at the image, gets great interest to look at this building with own eyes.
Friendly greetings from Northern Europe
pajaran (65682) 2014-07-24 23:11
Interesantan tekst o staroj kuci sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i kuca sa detaljima na fasadi.
Lepo mesto i arhitektura.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the old house with a history and description of ...
Good video and contrast nicely shown the place and house details on the facade.
Nice place and architecture.
Have a nice day, all the best.
swapankumarroy (2849) 2014-08-13 1:27
Hello Dear Ike,
Your article is very much interesting and informative. You have captured beautifully this Greek-Colony quarter in Jerusalem. Nice background of Deep blue sky with surrounded trees made a good composition. Well color balance and light.
best of all and thanks for sharing.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2014-08-18 3:35
This is certainly a very satisfying building, beautiful and imposing. The rust-red tiles are shown at their best against that blue sky Very well composed and with great colour and clarity.
berek (50508) 2014-08-20 7:48
beautiful and original architecture, surrounded by a beautiful flower garden and crowned by a beautiful sky.
fritzi007 (12414) 2015-03-19 14:45
sehr gute Präsentation des griechischen Viertels und seiner geschichte, sehr interessantes Foto mit perfekter Qualität, sehr gute Information, gratuliere!
Viele Grüße und einen schönen Tag
unclehotshot (4000) 2015-06-09 22:57
A beautiful building indeed.
I think you picked a good POV and the composition is balanced due to the tree entering the frame to the right. The colors are really good. It's nice with the dark shaddows behind the arches.
I had never heard of Circassia before. New information.
Cheers and have a fine day
PS: Great to have the map view ... I didn't know of that possibility. I wonder how to do it... I'll have to investigate a bit.
Matyas (0) 2015-07-12 2:30
Shalom Ike! Superb architecture, amazing house. Marvelous scenery. Nice sky. Very nice lightness and colours. Good cut. Interesting note. Regards!
- Copyright: Ike Harel (ikeharel) (78193)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-24
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ35
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-27 1:49