Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Zion Gate in Jerusalem -- More Pictures Uncovered in the Library of Congress Archives

Zion Gate (circa 1898)  The photo was
captioned "Jerusalem" with no further detail.
The American Colony photographic collection in the Library of Congress is so large (some 22,000 pictures) that occasionally we take a virtual turn in the Online files and discover new sets of pictures, such as these pictures of Zion Gate, now added to our first feature on the gate.
Zion Gate (circa 1900)

In some cases the pictures were not captioned fully or they were given a general date such as "1898-1946," the years of activity of the American Colony photographers. 

The founder of the photographic department, Elijah Meyers, was an Indian Jew who converted to Christianity and moved to Palestine. It is believed that he was an active photographer prior to 1898. Some of these pictures may actually pre-date his forming the American Colony Photographic Department.


  1. These are amazing pictures. The history of Jerulasem had always been a spectacle for me. I'm really hoping to get here after my tours in jordan.

  2. I'm quite fascinated with Jerusalem too. It has so much history in it. I'd love to have a chance to travel there someday.

  3. I think it would be amazing to have a residential property in Jerusalem. I have always been wary of deep tropical conditions but the rich and colorful cultures of the country can just turn your views to a 360-degree shift!