Category Archives: Jerusalem Places

*UPDATED* Restoration Work Begins on the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre

This post mostly reflects my own curiosity about the restoration work just getting underway at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. The specific focus is the edicule, the built structure which stands at the center of … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: A BRIEF WINDOW TO ANTIQUITY

The American Colony photographers were often documenting sites of biblical importance, at least the traditional places as they were then understood and being presented to pilgrims and tourists. They also captured on film, whether intentionally or more by chance, things … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: GRAF ZEPPELIN OVER JERUSALEM

The view here is looking eastward across the Old City, the vantage point a rooftop, or perhaps the city wall, in the Christian Quarter. The large gray dome (bottom) is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; beyond that the distinctive … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: ONE MAN’S GIFT TO JERUSALEM

The subject of this American Colony photograph is a seemingly undistinguished public building in West Jerusalem, newly erected in the late 1920s. While the architecture is not that interesting in itself, the life and contributions of the man behind it … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: A TREE FIT FOR A PRINCE

I FIRST ENCOUNTERED this image while helping with a publication project of American Colony/Eric Matson photographs several years ago. Asked to write background notes for hundreds of Jerusalem pictures, I at first could only scratch my head over this one, … Continue reading

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The Bridge That Never Was

The inspiration for this post is an image I was pointed to — several months ago now — by Rachel Lev of MuseumWorks, the lady who has been overseeing development of an on-site archive at Jerusalem’s American Colony Hotel. The materials involved … Continue reading

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“Why Jerusalem Was Central to Mohammed” [plus a BONUS feature]

Would you be surprised to learn that the first Muslims, during the lifetime of Mohammed — before they ever prayed toward Mecca — were instructed by the Prophet to face in the direction of Jerusalem? Or that they referred to … Continue reading

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