Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Armenian Convent in Jaffa


The sign just says "Armenian Convent" but when I researched it on the Internet I discovered that it has a rich history and was used by Napolean. "In the maze of streets the Armenian convent that served as a hospital for Napoleon's troops is still present. Napoleon stopped in Jaffa on his campaign through the country and, according to some sources, ordered 4,000 wounded soldiers to facilitate his withdrawal from the area." (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/geo/jaffa.html)

This area is currently being renovated, hence the scaffolding.

8 comments:

Olive said...

wow! It makes you thing, the most random places we pass by could have played major parts in forming our history, eh?

riniroo said...

Thank you for the history lesson. I'm new to daily photo and love seeing pics from around the world. History is all around us, we just have to slow down and ask questions. Thanks so much.

magiceye said...

interesting!

Mimmu said...

Napoleon was such a busy man! Your post is interesting, nice to read those things.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Is it still in use? I didn't know Armenians have convents. Interesting.

Nikon said...
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Nikon said...

Good old Napoleon - thanks for that bit of history that I knew nothing about :)

Alanda said...

Is this still in use? If so do they have a guest area?