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Encyclopedia > International Convention Center (Jerusalem)
Glass face of the International Convention Center.

The International Convention Center (Hebrew: מרכז הקונגרסים הבינלאומי, Merkaz HaKongresim HaBinleumi), also known as Binyanei HaUma (Hebrew: בנייני האומה, lit. Buildings of the People), in Giv'at Ram in Jerusalem, Israel, is the largest convention center or meeting facility in the Middle East. [1] “Hebrew” redirects here. ... “Hebrew” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Jerusalem (disambiguation). ... Exhibition Hall of the Makaryev Fair. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ...

It was planned by architect Ze'ev Richter after winning the design-competition in 1949, and the complex was under construction from 1950 to 1963, though it began operations in 1956 with a meeting of the World Zionist Organization. The period of economic difficulty and austerity in the first decade of Israeli independence meant frequent disruption in construction due to lack of funds, and the project was sometimes disparagingly known as Khirbet Ha'Ooma, the National Ruin. The World Zionist Organization, or WZO, was founded as the Zionist Organization, or ZO, on September 3, 1897, at the First Zionist Congress held in Basel, Switzerland. ... Main article: History of Israel Austerity in Israel: From 1949 to 1959, the state of Israel was, to a varying extent, under a regime of austerity (צנע tsena), during which rationing and similar measures were enforced. ...

Richter's design is meant to express the founding of the Jewish state in the land of Israel after centuries of Jewish diaspora among the nations of the world. Thus he created a solid structure encased in Jerusalem stone which appears to be part of the mountain it rests on. The planning resembles London's Royal Festival Hall, constructed in 1951. In order to create a welcoming environment, Richter kept one side of the building free of stone and planned a monumental relief by artists Joseph Zaritsky and Yitzhak Danziger, though this never came to pass and in 1995 the space was covered in azure-coloured glass-panels. The book Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State, 1896) by Theodor Herzl. ... Kingdom of Israel: Early ancient historical Israel — land in pink is the approximate area under direct central royal administration during the United Monarchy. ... The Jewish diaspora (Hebrew: Tefutzah, scattered, or Galut גלות, exile, Yiddish: tfutses) is the expulsion of the Jewish people out of the Roman province of Judea. ... Walls of Jerusalem showing appearance of Jerusalem Stone Jerusalem Stone is the trade name of stone quarried in areas from the Jordan River on the east of Israel to the Mediterranean Sea on the countrys west, and from the southern Port of Eilat on the Red Sea to The... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Royal Festival Hall is a concert, dance and talks venue within the South Bank Centre in London, England. ... In the art of sculpture, a relief is an artwork where a modelled form projects out of a flat background. ... The term Azure (from Persian لاژورد lazhward) can refer to any of the following: The blueish color of the sky. ...

Located opposite the Jerusalem Central Bus Station at the western entrance to town, the center houses 27 halls capable of seating over 10,000 people, and is a member of the AIPC and ICCA and conforms to their international standards. Its largest hall, the Menahem Ussishkin auditorium, seats 3,104. In all, 12,000 square metres of exhibit space extend over two levels and ten display areas.[2] The Jerusalem Central Bus Station Jerusalem Central Bus Station is the main bus depot in Jerusalem, Israel. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...

The complex has in the past hosted notable events such as the Eurovision Song Contest 1979, Eurovision Song Contest 1999, and the trial of John Demjanjuk, as well as operas, symphonies, concerts and exhibitions like the International Book Fair, International Judaica Exhibition, and International Housing Fair. The ICC is also a local venue of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.[3] The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on March 31, 1979 in Jerusalem. ... The Eurovision Song Contest 1999 was the 44th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 29, 1999 in the Usshishkin Hall at the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem, Israel. ... John Demjanjuk John Demjanjuk (b. ... Fredric R. Mann Auditorum (he:Hichal Hatarbot), home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra The Leonard Bernstein Plaza in front of the Mann Auditorum The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (abbreviation IPO; Hebrew: התזמורת הפילהרמונית הישראלית, ha-Tizmoret ha-Filharmonit ha-Yisreelit) is the leading symphony orchestra in Israel, and one of the top orchestras...


  1. ^ International Convention Centre -- Binyanei Ha'Ooma WCities Destination Guide
  2. ^ ICC website
  3. ^ Jerusalem: Nightlife & the Arts Fodor's



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