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Old originals photographs of the Holy City from 1853 and Up *

Panorama from Mount of Olives Copyrighted free use

A rare video of the Old City of Jerusalem: העיר העתיקה البلدة القديمة‎, is a 0.9 square kilometre walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem; it lies within East Jerusalem. Until the 1860s this area constituted the entire city of Jerusalem. The Old City is home to several sites of key religious importance: the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.

The Old City of Jerusalem comprises four quarters: Muslim, Christian, Armenian, and Jewish. The following video shows both the modern and the ancient.

Map of the Old City’s quarters
(WT-en) Jpatokal at English Wikivoyage

Since the 19th century, the Old City has traditionally been divided into four quarters (Jewish, Christian, Moslem and Armenian). The only structure that survived the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70  CE is the Western Wall. In the 7th century CE, the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque were built on the site following the occupation of the city by the Muslim army. Another site of great importance is the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher. During the 1948 Independence War, the Old City was occupied by Jordan. The Jordanians expelled the Jewish residents  and destroyed the Jewish Quarter. In the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel liberated the Old City and reunited the whole city.

Jerusalem as seen on the Madaba Map Public Domain
Map of Jerusalem, 12th Century. Title ?[Plan of Jerusalem] [electronic resource] Imprint ?ca. 1200 Note ?Psalter fragment Note ?Digital image of the original in: The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 76 F 5. Public Domain
BL58240 Map of the City of Jerusalem, from ‘Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam’ by Bernhard von Breydenbach (1440-97), 1486 (etching) by Reuwich, Erhard (fl.1488); British Library, London, UK; Public Domain
De Pierre Map of Jerusalem , 1728 Public Domain
Plan of Jerusalem / by F. Catherwood, architect, July 1835. Public Domain
Carel Willem Meredith van de Velde Map, 1858 Public Domain

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