Monday, August 25, 2008

Paris has arrived in Israel this summer. In June, a 4-meter (13-feet) fountain – almost an exact copy of one of the fountains located in Paris – was unveiled in Jerusalem’s Place de France (also known as Paris Square) in the heart of the Israeli capital. The fountain was given to the residents and vistitors of Jerusalem as a gift from Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë in honor of the State of Israel’s 60th anniversary. Delanoe was on an official visit to Israel when he joined Jerusalem Mayor Ouri Loupolyanski for the dedication of the fountain., The fountain and all of it's constuction was said to cost the equivalent of $100,000. Fountains are a common feature in Paris, creating characteristic oases of calm in the city. Now Jerusalem’s Paris Square can be a cooler place for tourists and locals alike to hang out this summer. Mayor Loupolyanski expressed delight with the present, and said it would add charm to his city, which while embattled politically, is still a magnet for tourists.Now you have another stop on your tour of Jerusalem.

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