Israel

Gali Tibbon

Gali Tibbon is an award-winning photographer based in Jerusalem. In 2013, she was named Travel Photographer of the Year at the World Photography Awards (WPO). Gali is a Canon Explorer, part of Canon’s Europe Ambassadors program. Her work explores the theme of religion, focusing on faith, capturing the spiritual and abstract emotions of the faithful into her still images. Traveling with her cameras through pilgrimage paths and rituals including baptism in the Jordan River, Christianity in Jerusalem, the ancient Samaritans, Ethiopian Christianity and religious gatherings across Europe. With over a decade of experience in the Middle East, Tibbon’s work has taken her on assignments across the globe. Gali's images are published regularly in many renowned magazines and newspapers worldwide. 

Echoes of Christian Jerusalem

This is an invitation to embark on a magical mystical tour, a glimpse into a secret world through a labyrinth, a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, a unique fusion of people and cultures. 

Tucked away, deep in the maze of winding streets in Jerusalem’s Old City, stands the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the most famous but least explored religious sites in the world. The church was built on the spot where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected, the very place where Christianity was born. The church of the Holy Sepulchre was constructed by the Byzantines and rebuilt by the Crusaders. It remains the most important destination for countless Christian pilgrims form across the globe. Clergy and believers chant words of prayer in a mix of languages last heard in the Tower of Babel. Bishops conduct rituals in biblical Aramaic as other ancient tongues. Mysterious monks circle the tomb swinging aromatic incense, as rays of magical light break through. It is an enigmatic mix of rituals belonging to some of the earliest Christian sects, still conducted today. 

Centuries of unchanged religious traditions and multi-ethnic domination combine into a unique and extraordinary collage of people and faith not seen anywhere else. 

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