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20101225 Shrine Of The Book
The Shrine of The Book was inaugurated in 1965 as part of the Israel Museum. The building was designed by architects Armand Bartos and Fredrick Kiesler. Its uniqueness lies in the way it conveys spiritual messages through architecture.
The white dome resembles the lids of the jars in which three of the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found. The dome and the black basalt wall opposite it allude to the tension expressed in the Scrolls between the "Sons of Light" as the Dead Sea sectarians referred to themselves , and the "Sons of Darkness", their enemies. The water sprayed onto the dome represents the concept of purity, a major aspect of sectarian life.
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