Recommended cultural events to see during your visit in Jerusalem
As if its historical heritage is not enough reason to visit Israel and its
most holy city - Jerusalem is a city with a busy cultural schedule, accommodating the locals and the tourists alike.
EL AL would like to inform you of a selection of cultural events that will take place in Jerusalem during the following months.
From festivals to fairs – events in Jerusalem offer a great experience
Jerusalem International Ice Festival
With a temperature seldom reaching zero even during harsh Middle Eastern winters, ice is a rare visitor in Jerusalem (and the whole of Israel, for that matter).
This is why the Jerusalem International Ice Festival is such a popular event with the locals. But that doesn’t mean that tourists should ignore it – set in a beautiful Old Train station of Jerusalem, this 1,500 square meters Ice City turns into a beautiful chilly (-10C!) experience.
Some of the worlds best ice artists and sculptors mold hundreds of tons of ice into Jerusalem Old City walls and Biblical Zoo inhabitants, along with fairy-tale scenes from Cinderella and Snow White. Especially if you are visiting Jerusalem with kids – don't miss the ice maze, ice slides and various surprises that await you at the Festival. There is even an ice-skating rink!
If the ice-bar inside the compound has left you wanting for more, there is a coffee shop right outside, and some very good restaurants at the Old Train Station.
The Festival starts at 20.02.13 and continues until 30.04.13, at 11 Hebron Rd., Jerusalem.
For inquiries and additional information: +972-2-623-7000; *6226
The Watches and Clock Collection – Museum of Islamic Art
The L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art is one of the most intriguing museums in Israel. Dealing with a very unique field of interest, the museum doesn't cease to surprise its' visitors with various other collections.
Today, the Museum’s flagship exhibition is the Sir David Salomons collection of timepieces The exhibition presents clocks and watches from the age in which building those precise instruments was in itself an art. Among the other items on display - 53 clocks by an ingenious inventor, Abraham Louis Brequet (1747 - 1823), responsible for some of the more innovative breakthroughs in modern watch-making. One of the clocks by Breguet, dubbed by experts a "Mona Lisa" of clocks, is the fantastic Mary Antoinette clock.
Other timepieces include 18th and 19th century clocks from European (and especially Swiss) craftsmen. Gold musical snuff boxes and automaton clocks, beautifully decorated with diamonds, pearls and enamel pictures will daze the visitor, along with scientific instruments from the 17th -19th centuries. The entire collection was stolen in 1983, and the exhibits that have been returned gradually over the years are currently viewed under tight security.
A friendly audio-guide in English, Hebrew and Russian languages will help you navigate through this wealth of timepieces in the Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem.
Inquiries and additional information: +972-2-566-1291
Museum address: 2 Ha-Palmach str., Jerusalem
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday: 10:00 – 15:00
Tuesday: 10:00 – 19:00
Friday + Holiday eve: 10:00 – 14:00
Saturday + Holiday: 10:00 – 16:00
*The information courtesy iTravelJerusalem