Photographer Mozes Victor Konig is no stranger to nighttime light shows. A Tel Aviv, Israeli native, it is perhaps surprising therefore that the only nighttime light show he had experienced until now was the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, that lightens up Universal Studios on select nights over the summer. Statistics show however that it is usually tourists who make the most of local city attractions, rather than the locals themselves.
This year, Konig decided to make the most of summer offerings close to home and took a trip to Jerusalem to enjoy the holy city’s Spectacular Sound and Light Show. And, as its title suggests, it was – in Konig’s own words, “spectacular.”
“Don’t get me wrong, the Universal Studios’ Hogwarts Castle was really great. It’s just that for me – being in the capital of our country – seeing what is right at my doorstep seemed somehow that bit more spectacular. Plus, it offers an incredible history lesson. You get to see the old city walls just light up and get used as a dramatic stage for the beautification of Jerusalem’s 4,000 year old history! It’s not just a cool, fun gimmick; this is real. You see archaeological remains, listen to stories of Biblical King David, the Crusaders, Muhammad and more. As well as being “spectacular” it truly is a lesson in history without sitting at your classroom desk.”
So if you are making your way this summer from Hollywood to the Holyland, make sure you get your tickets for the Night Spectacular. While really enjoying your evening, you will also return home with knowledge of the history of Jerusalem…without even having realized you were being educated!