Sunday, March 10, 2013

Israel - Photo Essays - 01 - Manhole Covers

We've been in Rehovot, Israel, for the last two months while my husband is a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science.  I usually use email, not blogging, to tell people about my travels, but I'm making an exception for a few photo essays.

I do a lot of walking and I look down too much.  And so I noticed that Israeli manhole covers are (a) square (but didn't we all learn they had to be circular so they couldn't fall in?  maybe there's another solution to the falling-in problem?) and (b) varied and interesting.

The manhole cover here is the first photograph I took in Israel. I used it as the lockscreen background for my Israeli cell phone.   

Manhole Cover at the old HaTachana Railroad Station, now a mall,Tel Aviv/Jaffa.  Dec. 31, 2012
I found my next manhole cover photo op also in Tel Aviv.

Outside the Felicja Blumental Music Center, Tel Aviv, February 2, 2013.

Eilat's manhole covers feature an anchor and a sun and waves - and maybe a Crusader's castle?

February 20, 2013

Blow-up of center medallion

 A similar one in Jerusalem has the lion of Judah in the center.

Jerusalem, February 21, 2013

Blow-up of center medallion.

Two days later we went to Tel Aviv to take the free tour of Bauhaus architecture offered by the city.  This one is a beauty.

Tel Aviv, February 23, 2013

In Rehovot, there are quite a few like this next one.  It says, in English, Hebrew and Arabic: "Caution Optical Fiber!"  Can the fiber hurt you or is the warning to protect the fiber, so that you don't accidentally cut it when you fall into the manhole?

February 17, 2013


February 23, 2013

Also in Rehovot, an interesting one with a twin (see its corner above the one photographed). And look at what is to the left of the center medallion.

March 4, 2013

Patent pending!
A book at the bottom.  A microscope to the left?  Is this in honor of the Weizmann Institute?

Then there are the triples, photographed in Rehovot, later spotted in Tel Aviv as well.  One version has a person in the middle, one a truck.

February 17, 2013

The Person

The Truck (also taken February 17, 2013)


  1. Roberta, I love the manhole covers. I never noticed them when we were there. In Rome it's medallions set into walls, or little sculptures.

  2. Thanks! I haven't been to Rome yet, but now I know what to look for!

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