Armenian mural in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)
Imagine that you are an artist, famous all over the world, and that you sell your works for incredibly high sums. Then imagine that you spend months preparing an original creation as a gift for the enjoyment of the residents of the city that you love. You present it to the mayor, who sticks it on a wall along one of the city’s most rundown, nondescript, least traveled byways. True, there are plans to renovate the street, but wouldn’t you be just a tiny bit disappointed? Visitors to the fabulous mural produced by worldrenowned Armenian artist Marie Balian, situated on a whitewashed exterior wall at 14 Coresh Street, are few and far between. Yet it is one of the most splendid features of the city and one of Jerusalem’s dozens of outof- the-way or unusual highlights that Israelis call pinot, or corners. Recently, we offered 11 different corners for your perusal. Here are another 11 fascinating places to visit:
ARMENIAN MURAL: In 1918, the first British military governor of Jerusalem brought two Armenian families – the Balians and the Karkashians – to Jerusalem from Turkey to renovate the ceramic tiles at the Dome of the Rock. Four years later, they established the first Armenian pottery in Jerusalem. The two families eventually parted ways amicably, with the Balians remaining on Nablus Road (where you can watch the process of tile-making in their workshop). Marie, who is well into her 90s, was born in Turkey.
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