World Peace Monument

  • Jerusalem, Israel
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The Peace Monument


On a hill in Jerusalem, a white cylinder uncoils its spiralling inscriptions, which gradually fade into the sky… This ecumenical monument interweaves sacred Christian, Islamic and Hebrew texts on the same humanist themes in a bid to more fully symbolise the real possibility of future harmony.


Inside the cylinder, a pool reflects the sacred texts. A lens in the middle of the circle of water lets the sun in at a single point, in a sort of ‘camera obscura’, a large room where, in the darkness, the sacred texts appear, rising up to the sky…



Jean Nouvel