19th and Early 20th Century Photos of Palestine and Jerusalem


The photos below capture a much simpler time in the history of the region. They were curated from a number of photographers who visited between 1870 and the early years of the 20th Century.


A Palestinian woman showing beautifully embroidered costume, C1900


Interior of the Joppa Gate to Jerusalem, C1900, so named because the road leading from it goes to the port city of Jaffa (Joppa). It is the only gate on the western side of the Old City.


Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, C1900. Since the 3rd millennium B.C., the Mount of Olives has served as one of the main burial grounds for the city.


Mosque of Omar, Jerusalem C1885.


Sheikh of a Palestinian village, Palestine, C1900


St. Stephen's gate, C1900. It has had a number of names throughout history. It is sometimes called the "Lions Gate" due to the lion emblems placed on each side of the gate by its builder, Suleiman the Magnificent. It is called "St. Stephen's Gate" because some Christians place the martyrdom of St. Stephen as having taken place near here.


The village carpenter, probably Jerusalem, C1890.


Palestinian Shepard, C1910


A Bedouin princess bride, C1900


Bedouins of the Arakat tribe, C1900


Covered Palestinian Women, C1900


Jericho, doctor, C1900


Market place, Bethlehem, C1870


Palestinian Village, C1890-1900


Nazareth, Palestine, C1890


Caravan of camels, C1900


Porter, C1910. And you think you have had a rough day.


The Temple Mount, C1910

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