Friday, February 5, 2016

Glass Art by Chihuly at The Citadel, Tower of David, in Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, the Citadel by night
Photography by S. Mendrea

Jerusalem, Glass sculptures by the famous artist Chihuly at the Citadel Museum.

This is postmarked in 2015 from Israel.

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The Jerusalem Citadel, (also known as The Tower of David) is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

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The Museum mentioned on the postcard is of the History of Jerusalem.  It was opened in 1989 by the Jerusalem Foundation and is located in a series of chambers in the original citadel.  It also includes a courtyard which contains archeological ruins dating back 2,700 years.
The Cyrus Declaration, 8.30
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The Cyrus Cylinder is an ancient clay cylinder, now broken into several fragments.

The text on the Cylinder praises Cyrus, sets out his genealogy and portrays him as a king from a line of kings. The Babylonian king Nabonidus, who was defeated and deposed by Cyrus, is denounced as a wicked oppressor of the people of Babylonia and his low-born origins are contrasted to Cyrus's kingly heritage. 

The Cylinder's text has traditionally been seen by biblical scholars as corroborative evidence of Cyrus' policy of the repatriation of the Jewish people following their Babylonian captivity (an act that the Book of Ezra attributes to Cyrus).

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