Urban .Kotel

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image size 60X75 cm

Watercolour on Saunder's paper 300gsm (140lbs)




>This Painting was finished in 1988 is delicately produced in Watercolour on 300gsm (140lbs) Paper, it depicts The Western Wall, Ha-Kotel in Hebrew (הכותל ). The Western Wall dates back over 2,000 years and marks the western edge of the Temple Mount, a surviving remnant of the retaining wall of the Temple Mount. Built during his expansion of the Temple in 20 BC by Herod the Great . The wall became the chief place of pilgrimage for the Jewish religion during the Ottoman Period where they lamented the destruction of the temple by the Romans in AD 70. For this reason it has also become known as the "Wailing Wall". In the background the Dome of the Rock. Known in Hebrew as Kipat Ha-Sela (כיפת הסלע) and in Arabic as Qubbat as-Sakhrah (قبة الصخرة), the Dome of the Rock marks the spot from where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven on the back of his fabulous horse, before returning to earth to record his vision. This association has made the building the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina. Built 687-691 by the ninth Omayyad caliph, Abd al-Malik, the Dome is probably the most spectacular building in the Old City, topped with a dazzling golden dome visible from afar, the interior layered with ceramics, mosaics and Arabic calligraphy. Despite common conceptions, the Dome protects a large piece of Rock sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians. The Rock is variously believed to be where Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son, Isaac, where Mohammad left the Earth on his Night Journey , as well as the site of the Holy of Holies of Herod's Temple. This was Painted in Kfar Aza 1988




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