|Italian hospital in Jerusalem (circa 1919). Note the horse-drawn|
buggy on the left and the Hebrew sign on the shop on the far
right. It appears to read חלב לבן "White milk." Suggestions are
welcome. One reader suggested a more likely reading:
"Tea, milk, leben."
Ottoman "capitulation" agreements had been signed with France already in 1500, conceding control over French citizens and religious institutions within the Ottoman Empire.
the shop sign
|USS North Carolina provided essential|
aid to the Jews of Palestine in 1914
Italy was determined not to be left out of the picture. The cornerstone for the Italian hospital and church was laid in 1910, but work was interrupted by the 1912 war between Italy and the Ottomans and later by World War I. After Britain captured Jerusalem in winter 1917 the Italians were able to continue their work on the Gothic, Middle Age-style structure. It opened its doors in 1919 -- presumably when the American Colony photographers took this picture.
|The Italian hospital, today the Israeli Ministry of Education and|
Culture (credit: Google Maps/Street View)
In 1963, the hospital was sold to Israel and was transformed into the Ministry of Education and Culture. It is located on the corner of HaNiviim Street and Shivtei Yisrael Street between the Meah Shearim and Musrara neighborhoods.