The Holy Land: A Premodern Photo Tour


The photos of the Holy Land presented in this article were mostly taken about 1926. The collection is designed to help readers visualize the Holy Land as it was anciently, before modern developments changed the landscape forever. Twenty-six black-and-white photos show scenes of Bethlehem, Nazareth, Bethany, Jerusalem, and more. Scenes are arranged as a journey through the life of Jesus Christ and include the Mount of Olives, Golgotha, and the Garden Tomb. Several scenes show Jews and Palestinians in premodern clothing working, gathering, and tending animals. Most of the photos are selections from the book Palestine and Syria: The Country, the People, and the Landscape, by Karl Grober.

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