Daily Archives: April 28, 2009

Video: Moment of Silence on Israel’s Memorial Day

Posted by on April 28, 2009

Israel has a very unique tradition on Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). An air raid siren will go off and everyone will stop what they are doing for 2 minutes. People in their cars will stop wherever they are and get out to stand.

This video was taken at 10:58am today (Yom HaZikaron) just before and during the siren which went off at 11am. At about the 1:25 mark in the video the siren goes off. The sound isn’t very good so beware. The video covers the entire length of the siren. You can see the motorists standing along side their cars, and then getting back in and moving once the siren is over.

The video is also in High Definition. Click on the HD button.

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Posted by on April 28, 2009

World Heritage Site #59: Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis: My 59th UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis:

Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height.

The Temples of Karnak and Luxor, together with the Valley of the kings and Queens are some of the most impressive sights in all of Egypt. You can read more about Karnak in my Seven Wonders of Egypt.

Overview

Ancient Thebes with its NecropolisAncient Thebes with its Necropolis is one of the most important monuments from Egypt. It was designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Egypt in 1979 due to its cultural value. The temples and treasure-filled tombs combine to showcase one of the greatest civilizations to emerge, not just in Egypt but in all of history. These monuments were created to honor the living, the dead and the divinities of this Kingdom.

The city, known today as Luxor, served as the Egyptian capital from the time of the Middle Kingdom to the New Kingdom.

About Ancient Thebes and its Necropolis

The ancient city of Thebes, known in ancient Egypt as Waset, is located east of the Nile River. The ruins that are included within the UNESCO property Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis is located within the modern city of Luxor. During its heyday, Thebes was the most powerful and wealthiest city in Egypt.

The site consists of three main monuments: Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple Complex, and the Valley of the Kings.

Luxor Temple

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

This large temple complex dates back to the time of ancient Egypt. It is located within the city of Luxor (known as Ancient Thebes) and was built sometime in 1400 BCE. There are several temples within Luxor and the ones visited by tourists often include Temple of Seti I, Temple of Hatshepshut, Temple of Ramesses II, and Temple of Ramesses III.

Luxor Temple is different from other temples from Ancient Thebes since it was not dedicated to a deity or cult god. Instead, it was built to rejuvenate kingship – researchers claim that this might have been the site of crowning some of the kings of Egypt.

Karnak Temple

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

The Karnak Temple Complex is a collection of decayed temples, pylons, chapels and other ancient structures. The complex was constructed during the reign of Senusret I at the time of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom. However, the rest of the structures were built during the New Kingdom. The name of the temple was derived from the village of El-Karnak, which was nearby the location of the temple complex.

The entire complex open-air museum and is considered as the second largest religious site in the world – second only to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. It is also second to the Pyramids of Giza in terms of most visited historical site by tourists in Egypt.

Valley of the Kings

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis

The Valley of the Kings is one of the properties included within the UNESCO site, Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis. It is located in an Egyptian valley and is a collection of tombs made for the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt during the period of New Kingdom.

Even though this monument has been around since ancient times, there were two new discoveries in 2005 and 2008. A new chamber and two tomb entrances were discovered in the said years. In total, the Valley of the Kings consist of 63 tombs and chambers. It served as the principal burial place for the royal figures and nobles of the Egyptian New Kingdom.

The site has been the focus of archaeological exploration since the end of the 18th century. The site is best known for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, making it one of the world’s most important archaeological sites.


View the complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Egypt.

View the list of all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites I have visited on my travels.

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Leaving Tel Aviv

Posted by on April 28, 2009

Don’t get me wrong, Tel Aviv is a nice city, but I didn’t have any plans to stay here for two weeks. My laptop battery finally came in and everything is now fine in computerland. I’ve been here so long I ended being in Tel Aviv during Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s memorial day. Unlike memorial day in the US all the businesses closed down in Tel Aviv all the businesses shut down the evening the day started (in the Jewish calendar days start at sundown). Like they did last week for Holocaust Remberance Day, at 8pm there is a siren that sounds and everything stops for two minutes. Cars in the street stop and people get out and stand during the duration of the siren. There is also another siren which goes off at 11am today.

Memorial Day is the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut, or independence day. Between Passover, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day, I’ve been in Israel during a ton of the major holidays in the country.

Because I’ve been here so long I’m going to skip my trip to Malta. I’m not too worried because I plan on coming back to the Mediterranean in the future. My last things in Israel will be a short trip up to Haifa and Acre where I’ll get to take photos of some crusader ruins and the Baha’i Terraces. (both of which are World Heritage Sites).