A centre of religious monuments: finalists from Israel

A centre of religious monuments: finalists from Israel

  • Posted on: April 27, 2013
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The contest has been finished for a while, but we know that many of our followed still would like to see a little more of what beauty has been submitted in the different countries. That is why we give today a bit of extra attention to the top-10 of the Israeli 2012 contest!

Israel is of course known primarily for its many ancient and religious monuments. It is hard not to see a church, mosque or synagogue at any given place in the historical city centers. And this is clearly visible in the winning pictures too. Multiple religions are represented. But most interesting is perhaps, that one monument made it twice to the top-10: the Tower of David in Jerusalem, even though it is hardly comparable. On the first place the Tower is covered in snow, and if it weren’t for the call on the far left, it could have been a photo of ages ago. The Tower re-appears on the eighth place, where it has a much more modern look, with the lights of the trafic visible in the long exposure photograph. The two views on this same monument couldn’t be much more different.

1st place: The Tower of David in Jerusalem

1st place: The Tower of David in Jerusalem, by Zev Rothkoff

2nd place: The Waldheim in Evangelical Church in Alonei Abba

2nd place: The Waldheim in Evangelical Church in Alonei Abba, by Nitzan Zehavi

3rd place: Ma'ale Akrabim (Scorpions Pass)

3rd place: Ma’ale Akrabim (Scorpions Pass), by Ilan Arad

Mahmood Mosque, Kababir, Haifa

Mahmood Mosque, Kababir, Haifa, by Estherab

Reading Power Station in Tel Aviv

Reading Power Station in Tel Aviv, by Daniel Winter

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, Jerusalem

Dormition Abbey, Mount Zion, Jerusalem, by Eldadc1

The Old Russian Embassy, Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv

The Old Russian Embassy, Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv, by Degser

The Tower of David in Jerusalem

The Tower of David in Jerusalem, by Yonah baby

The Hanging Bahá'í Gardens, Haifa

The Hanging Bahá’í Gardens, Haifa, by Oryan Shechter

Dome of the Stella Maris Monastery, Haifa

Dome of the Stella Maris Monastery, Haifa, by Iliakriv

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Lodewijk "Effeietsanders" Gelauff has been an active member of the Wikimedia community since 2005; over the years, he helped out as a steward and an administrator of several wikis as well as a board member of Wikimedia Nederland, member of the Chapters Committee and organiser of various internal Wikimedia activities. In 2010, he led Wiki Loves Monuments in the Netherlands together with Maarten, and was mainly responsible for the community-related part of the contest as well as for documentation, and internal and external communication. In 2011-2013, he was a member of the international organizing team. After that, he has remained involved as jury coordinator and advisor.