|The Temple Mount and mosques. And something else |
(circa 1860 - 1890)
The caption reads "General view of the Haram or [Mount] Moriah. El Aksa - Omar - Church of St. Anne."
But there's something else in the photo.
The photo doesn't bear the name of the photographer, nor is it certain when the photo was taken. The Library of Congress dates the picture in a 30 year period "between 1860 and 1890."
|Enlargement of the unfinished synagogue|
-- and another dome to the right
|Two domes -- The Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue (left) and |
the Hurva Synagogue (1900)
In 1870, the Austrian emperor, Franz Josef, visited Jerusalem. According to legend, upon seeing the synagogue, the emperor asked why it had no roof. A host from the Jewish community responded, "My lord, the synagogue has taken off its hat in your honor."
Franz Josef contributed funds to help complete the roof, and the building was dedicated in 1872.
But we can also ascertain that the photo was taken after 1864. To the right of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, on the horizon and slightly obscured by a cloud, is the dome of the famous Hurva Synagogue, completed in 1864.
The featured photo was taken, therefore, between 1864 and 1872. We can also surmise that the photo of Jerusalem at the top of this blog was also taken in this time period for only the Hurva dome appears.
|Destroyed Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue|
in 1948 (Wikipedia)
|Hurva in ruins, 1948. Jordanian soldier|
holding a Torah scroll. (Wikipedia)
The Hurva was rebuilt and rededicated in 2010.
Discussions have been held recently about rebuilding the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue.