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Amsterdam Esnoga 2/2


Another shot of the Portuguese-Israeli Synagogue in Amsterdam, inagurated in 1675, as seen during one of it's candle-lit evenings in January, open to the public for picture-taking.  This time it's totally after dark, as compared to yesterday's blue windows.

ALL of the lights are candles, including the chandeliers!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Amsterdam Esnoga 2/2


Another shot of the Portuguese-Israeli Synagogue in Amsterdam, inagurated in 1675, as seen during one of it's candle-lit evenings in January, open to the public for picture-taking.  This time it's totally after dark, as compared to yesterday's blue windows.

ALL of the lights are candles, including the chandeliers!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (27)

  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 25 Mar 2008, 00:26
This looks very festive!
Ginnie Hart: It does, Martin. I hadn't thought of it in that way, however. More solemn than festive. But it IS kinda like a holiday spirit. Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Mar 2008, 01:33
Another image of great beauty, Ginnie.
I see the shadows more effectively in this pic, compared to the one you showed yesterday.
Ginnie Hart: It did have a different feel, Ray, after it was completely dark outside. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • SNOW in Arkel......
  • 25 Mar 2008, 05:22
These candles are like thousand twinkles in the eye, this to me is a great picture, the serenety and indeed like Martin said, the festivety shows.
I read that they lit the candles during these cold days, for there was no money for heating, this way the candle worked both ways, the light and the warmth, I hope to be able to witness it some day.
Ontzettend mooie foto, ik ben blij dat je er de gelegeneheid voor had om er naar toe te gaan
Ginnie Hart: A thousand twinkles in the eye! I like that, Astrid. No wonder it feels festive! Thanks to you, I witnessed it this year. Maybe next year we can both go back together. Ontzettend bedankt!
Another wonderful one Ginnie. These lit candles are very impressive!
Ginnie Hart: I will never forget them, Richard. Thanks.
An amazing shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Chris.
Same comment as before...Magical!
Ginnie Hart: It still feels magical to me every time I see it, Bill. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Mar 2008, 08:22
I agree with all comments: a wonderful festive and spiritual atmosphere! On the left side we are looking at the Bema in the synagogue where ten men have to join each other in order to read "a selection ("parsha") from the Torah and the Haftarah... In Orthodox Judaism (and this synagogue is an orthodox one), the bema is located in the center of the synagogue, separate from the Ark." from Wikipedia).
Ginnie Hart: I love the encyclopedia of information you are, Philine! I just need to take you with me everywhere I go! smile Ontzettend bedankt.
Wonderfully captured Ginnie. I looked and beheld the light of a thousand stars.
I see you didn't crank up the ISO here - good choice smile
Ginnie Hart: Yesterday's ISO was even better, Kunle. smile I like the idea of a thousand stars. That's exactly what it felt like that night.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2008, 10:21
I like being able to see the stone wall in this. All that wood is beautiful too.
Ginnie Hart: You would have been in heaven, Ruth!!
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 25 Mar 2008, 10:27
Someone would have had the work cut out lighting all of them,nice capture,yesterday better with the light comming threw the windows
Ginnie Hart: I like the windows from yesterday better, too, Vintage, while it was still a bit light outside. It had a cozier feel inside, however, as it got darker outside. But you're right. Someone has a big job lighting all those candles...and keeping them lit.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2008, 10:54
Sheer beauty Ginnie, I would have loved to have seen it for myself, but you have captured the atmosphere and shown it through your eyes which is good enough for me.smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart, Tracy. I like that, Musketeer. smile
  • martie
  • US
  • 25 Mar 2008, 11:26
Again - stunning. How wonderful it must be to go into such a place, sit and listen to the stillness. Or, on this evening, to sit and be captivated by the candle light. Perfect!
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely a place to sit and be still, Martie. And whenever I go back, that's exactly what I'll do! Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2008, 12:23
A thousand little stars - quite beautiful. What a wonderful idea.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Ingrid. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Mar 2008, 13:05
Starry, starry night ...
Candle light at 20s I hope I would remember.

A night at the synagogue - great pictures.
Ginnie Hart: I loved that night, Louis. I feel very lucky to have seen this place (thanks to Astrid). You would love it, too. Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2008, 14:21
Exceptional capture. Each candle is such a tiny starburst.
Ginnie Hart: I think each candle represented someone who was "safe" in this place! Thanks, Sherri.
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 25 Mar 2008, 14:58
wow...how cool is that. 20 seconds! thats really a fine shot...love the starry lights all over!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Liam, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
Oh! That pretty sensation gives that illumination of "velas". I like much the result of those luminous points. Precious!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, José-Angel! Happy Birthday, again! smile
The candle lights are enchanting, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: They were enchanting for me as well, Helen! Thanks.
  • Ferdi
  • 25 Mar 2008, 17:39
This is a stunning photo Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
I said fantastic yesterday Ginnie and I'm sorry to repeat myself but fantastic again today!
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day, Brian. Thank you!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Mar 2008, 18:25
On the right side behind the pillar you can see a part of the Ark (reminding of the Ark of Covenant in the old Temple in Jerusalem), the most holy place, where the Thora-rolls are preserved, the Ten Commandments are written on the front side with golden letters. Yoy can also see the gallery for the women and girls, separate from the men and boys (since their Bar Mizwa).
Ginnie Hart: You are so good at all of this, Philine! I ended up with an album of 25 photos that I kept of the 100 or so I took, even though I'm showing only 2 here on SC. It was such a meaningful experience! Thank you again.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2008, 19:17
This is such a pretty sight. I love candlelight. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Roz. It's so ethereal, especially in a sanctuary like this! Thanks.
Beautiful, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Bridge.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2008, 22:46
I thikn I prefer yesterday's angle, but this is still truly beautiful Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Ellie, because of the blue windows during daylight. It had an entirely different feel at night! Thanks.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:25
Very sympathetic treatment of a somber subject.
Ginnie Hart: It was a place that called for silence, Dave, except for the click of the cameras. I'll never forget it.
Very beautiful and calm. Maybe something out of an old agatha christie movie
Ginnie Hart: I like that, MPW. I'll see this in a new light now going forward. smile Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
This one is even better than the previous, I love the atmosphere !
Ginnie Hart: It's funny how some like the other one more, Zeb, so thanks for your own take. I appreciate your viewpoint!

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