30 May 2016 294 views
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
photoblog image Adding spice
Adding spice|

Adding spice


A view into a spice shop along one of those narrow streets in the Old City of Jerusalem. Someone sculpted an interesting multi-coloured spice pyramid. The pyramid is crowned with a model of the Dome of the Rock.


You may remember from one of my previous posts, where I showed the Temple Mount in the Old City. The one thing you can clearly see, even from the distance. is the Dome of the Rock mosque, dating from 691 AD. The mosque was built on the Temple Mount, where King Solomon originally built the temple. This temple was flattened when the Babylonians conquered Judea, was rebuilt when the Jews returned from exile and was razed again by the Romans in 70 AD. From a Jew viewpoint, the Dome of the Rock mosque is where a Jewish temple should be. From the Muslim viewpoint, the mosque is where it should be.


The Temple Mount is associated with the Mount Moriah, where Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac according to the Bible. Muslim tradition holds that it was Abraham's other son, Ishmael who was almost sacrificed. If you don't know the history, don't worry, no-one got sacrificed in the end.


So what the message is supposed to be, when the model is placed on the Mount of Spices, only the sculptor knows.



comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 May 2016, 00:42
Spice shops are wonderful places, as this fine picture illustrates, Louis.
Louis: Especially if the owner goes all the way with cleanliness and decorations.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 30 May 2016, 01:34
J'aime beaucoup les couleurs et la présentation. J'imagine que cela doit sentir très bon.
Louis: Il sentait très bons aussi. Merci Martine.
A dream place to me Louis.Look at this assortment!
Louis: And you see only a small part of the shop. I was impressed, and if it wasn't for the spice mountain, I would have walked past.
Such beautiful displays! And I like the Temple Mount of Spices!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth and a nice name you came up with.
Most interesting, Louis! In the meantime, we get to see such a stunning array of spices!
Louis: And you see only a small part of the shop. I was impressed, and if it wasn't for the spice mountain, I would have walked past.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 May 2016, 07:02
Wouldn't it be wonderful to live in a place where a whole shop was full of spices & seasonings
Louis: I would probably waste a lot of money, Chris smile
Something else for them to disagree about.
Louis: There is 4,000 years worth of that, Bill. Modern times diminished the harshness with which they dealt with their differences - what happens now, is nothing to what they did back then.
Wow, there must be a few bobs worth of spice piled up there Louis.
Louis: That tickles me, since obvious the piled spices will not be sold and as you say - a few bobs worth. Maybe he writes it off as advertisement cost, to taxes.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 30 May 2016, 10:28
I bet it smells gorgeous in there, Louis
Louis: Quite so, thank you Lisl.
What a wonderful place to be. I could not help but to breath deep.
Louis: smile Yes, there are wonderful smells, Mary
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 May 2016, 12:51
What a plenty of spices and so many colours! Wonderful the Dome of the Rock. I miss the yellow safran. I recall the red Henna.
Louis: The only word I can make out in this shop, is "saffron" and it labels the box (half full) nearest to the camera.
Spoilt for choice, Louis.
Louis: Oh yes. Lucky for me, I just happened not to have any cash with me, otherwise ...
i am no cook but i am tempted to buy something from here, Louis, anything! i found your text very interesting.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. Well, you should know someone who can cook - so when you buy something like this, just hand it over with a request smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 May 2016, 16:23
Oh, saffron is 'Safran', sorry!
Louis: Een oude gezegde: Je weet er zo min van als een kat van safraan.
Betekenis: Omdat safraan zo ontzettend schaars is, zou een poes daar echt niks van weten.
Bij ons ook heel weinig keren op de rak en dan duur.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 May 2016, 16:23
I know they 'build' all those mountains... I think I can smell all the spices. What a wonderful place. I agree on the hygiene here... I don't mind buying if nobody poked his fingers in it...
Louis: Yes, those fingers ...
My word there's quite a selection here.
Louis: Another shot I took from inside the shop, shows how large the selection is.
Spices are a bit of a mystery to many of us in salt and pepper land, they must open up a whole new world of taste.
Louis: You forgot that you have Worcester Sauce there in salt and pepper land smile When one knows how to apply the spices, a whole new world does open for you. I have always associated the word 'exotic' with spices and delicately spices dishes.
the sculpture is interesting Louis... but this spice shop is spectacular...
every is so neat and clean... they must work 24/7 to keep is this way...
BTW this is an excellent photo....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter. Their effort must be paying off. There are always people waiting to be served. Which can't be said of many other street side shops.

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera COOLPIX P500
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 1/29.99s
aperture f/4.2
sensitivity ISO180
focal length 8.1mm
Brugge lace makingBrugge lace maki...
Rooftops and a towerRooftops and a t...
Streets of Jerusalem Old City 5Streets of Jerus...