We recently posted rare photos from the Ottoman Archives showing the forced conscription of (apparently Jewish) residents and looting of Jerusalem homes by the Turkish army prior to World War I. We present here an illustration found in the archives drawn almost 100 years earlier, prior to the invention of photography.
|The Istanbouli Synagogue in Jerusalem (circa 1836, Ottoman Imperial Archives)|
The illustration above appeared in the travelogue of a British writer, John Carne, who published Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c. Illustrated in 1836 It is believed to show the Istanbouli Synagogue, established in Jerusalem's Old City in the 1760s by Turkish Jews.
|The Jewish arch built for the German Emperor (1898)|
See more on the Jews and the Emperor here
|The curtain with the name|
The picture below, apparently of the Istanbouli Synagogue in the late 19th century, was found in the massive Keystone-Mast Collection at the University of California, Riverside.
| Inside a Jewish synagogue showing holy place and readers platform. Jerusalem.|
(Keystone-Mast Collection, California Museum of Photography
at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside)
The Library of Congress archives contains newer pictures taken in the 1930s by the American Colony Photographic Department.
|Interior of the Istanbouli Synagogue, Jerusalem (Library of Congress, circa 1935)|
|Ancient Torah scrolls in the Istanbouli Synagogue (Library of Congress, circa 1935)|