Old Photos of the Middle East

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The Jaffa or Yafo, Jerusalem. Jaffa is the southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv-Yafo, which is an ancient port city in Israel today. Note the sign for Thomas Cook

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These images show people, cities and towns in the region of West Asia and North Africa during the 1890s. Such photos can be created by using a technique pioneered by the Swiss firm Photogob Zürich AG, named the Photochrom technique, which sees colour manually added to black and white negatives.

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Jewish men in Jerusalem

Jewish men in Jerusalem

The Tower of David in Jerusalem

The Tower of David in Jerusalem, also known as the citadel of Jerusalem. The citadel that stands today dates to the Mamluk and Ottoman periods.

Young children allegedly in Jerusalem

Young children allegedly in Jerusalem

The Lion's Gate, Jerusalem

The Lion’s Gate, Jerusalem. It is located in the Old City Walls of Jerusalem and one of city’s seven open Gates.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem. It is the second Protestant church in Jerusalem. Today, the Church of the Redeemer houses Lutheran congregations that worship in in different languages such as Arabic, German, Danish, and English.

Pyramids in Giza, Egypt

Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. In the photo we can recognise The Great Pyramid of Giza, which is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu, the first tallest man-made structure known to us. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is estimated to be older than than 3,800 years.

Cairo's mosque

A mosque in Cairo – Cairo was founded to be the capital city of the fatimids who ruled over the Islamic period at the end of the first milinium after Christ. The fatimids built many beautiful mosques inside thier new city. The number of mosques has continued to increase especially under the Mamluks and the Ottomans. Now, Cairo is locally called the city of the one thousand minarets.

Women baking bread - Bread was usually baked in something called tanner , which can still be found in some villages in West Asia and North Africa. A tannour is a three foot by two foot oven made from clay that retains heat.  Usually, four to five families will share a tannour.

Women baking bread – Bread was usually baked in something called tanner , which can still be found in some villages in West Asia and North Africa. A tannour is a three foot by two foot oven made from clay that retains heat. Usually, four to five families will share a tannour.

Bedouin shepherds in Syria

Bedouin shepherds in Syria – Bedouins refers to the nomadic peoples of the Middle Eastern deserts, especially of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, and Jordan. While many of them have abandoned the nomadic life, there are some who still inhabit parts of the above mentioned countries especially in the Arabian peninsula and Jordan.

Jaffa

Jaffa coastal side – Archaeological evidence shows that Jaffa was inhabited roughly 7500 BCE

The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee, also know as The Lake Tiberias. The Sea of Galilee is situated in northeast Israel, between the Golan Heights and the Galilee region, in the Jordan Rift Valley.


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