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The Holy Land is an area roughly located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea that also includes the Eastern Bank of the Jordan River. Traditionally, it is synonymous both with the biblical Land of Israel and Judaea and with the region of Palestine. The term "Holy Land" usually refers to a territory roughly corresponding to the modern State of Israel, the Palestinian territories, western Jordan, and parts of southern Lebanon and of southwestern Syria. Jews, Christians, and Muslims all regard it as holy.

Part of the significance of the land stems from the religious significance of Jerusalem, as the historical region of Jesus' ministry, and as the site of the Isra and Mi'raj event of c. 621 CE in Islam. The holiness of the land as a destination of Christian pilgrimage contributed to launching the Crusades, as European Christians sought to win back the Holy Land from the Muslims, who had conquered it from the Christian Byzantine Empire in the 630s. In the 19th century, the Holy Land became the subject of diplomatic wrangling as the Holy Places played a role in the Eastern Question which led to the Crimean War in the 1850s.

Many sites in the Holy Land have long been pilgrimage destinations for adherents of the Abrahamic religions, including Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Baha'is. Pilgrims visit the Holy Land to touch and see physical manifestations of their faith, to confirm their beliefs in the holy context with collective excitation, and to connect personally to the Holy Land.

Available Books


Image Name
Jerusalem, from the traditional Spot on the Mount of Olives where Christ wept over the City
Conference of Arabs
Interior of Poca Roca Cave
Mount Tabor
Back Cover
Suez No. 2
El Deir, Petra
The Anointing Stone, from the Ambulatory of the Crusaders' Church
Bazaar of the Coppersmiths, Cairo
Ascent to the Summit of Sinai
Bab-El-Nasr, or Gate of Victory, and Mosque of El Hakim, Cairo
The Tower of David
Country of the Gergesenes View from Kerak
Mount Pelegrino, near Palermo
The Golden Gate, from the Garden of Gethsemane
The Castle and Town of Ischia
The Ford of the Jordan, near Jericho
The Aqueduct of the Nile, from the Island of Rhoda, Cairo
Fortress of Akaba, Arabia Petraea
Pyramids of Geezeh
The Ravine, Petra
Asouan and the Island of Elephantine
The Ghawazee, or Dancing Girls, Cairo
Lateral View of the Temple called the Typonaeum, at Dendera
A Plan of Ancient Jerusalem
Arab Huts at Zeta
The Hills of Bashan
Water - Carrier, seated figure - Jerusalem
The Coffee-Shop of Cairo
Via Dolorosa with the Tower of Antonia
Temple of Isis on the Roof of the Great Temple of Dendera
Views on the River Jordan
The Gate of the Metwalis, or Bab Zuweyleh
Mosque of the Sultan Kaitbey, Cairo
Tomb at Melasso
Relics of the Great Temple of the Sun
The Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre
Starting on Lake Menzaleh in the Delta
Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
View on the Nile. Isle of Rhoda and the Ferry of Geezeh
Lower Pool of Siloam - Valley of Jehoshaphat
Interior of the Mosque of the Sultan Hassan
Front Cover
South Wall of Jerusalem, from the North End of the Village of Siloam
The Dead Sea to Illustrate the Routes and Observations of the Rev'd H. B. Tristram
The Convent of St. Catherine, Mount Sinai
Minaret of the Principal Mosque in Siout, Upper Egypt
Storm on the Lake of Gennesareth
The so - called Tombs of the Kings
Front Cover
General View of the Ruins of Luxor, from the Nile
Title Page
Lower Ravine of the Kedron from the Convent of Mar Saba
Agriculture in Syria
Caiphas, looking towards Mount Carmel
Title Page - Volume 2
Tyre, from the Isthmus
View from Under the Portico of the Temple of Edfou, Upper Egypt
Temple of Amada, at Hassaia, Nubia
Tiberias, from the Walls; Safed in the Distance
Inhabitants of Minorca
Book Display
Perspective View of Cairo
The Western Shore of the Dead Sea
The Immersion of the Pilgrims in the Jordan
Minaret of the Mosque El Rhamree
Book Display
Upper Fountain of Siloam - Valley of Jehoshaphat
The Holy Tree of Metereah
Front Cover
Temple of Wady Kardassy, Nubia
Modern Palestine
A Burial Place at Beirut
Sanctuary of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel, Nubia
The Tomb of Zechariah, Valley of Jehoshaphat
Siloam, from under the S.E. Corner of the Wall of the Temple Area
Curious Cemetery under the Capuchin Monastery, near Syracuse
Title Page
Entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Absalom's Pillar - Valley of Jehoshaphat
The Hypaethral Temple at Philae
The Dome of the Rock (Mosque of Omar) as seen from the Porch on the North Side of the Mosque of El Aksa
Study of Camels and Attendants
Convent of the Terra Santa, Nazareth
Cairo, from the Gate of Citizenib, looking towards the Desert of Suez
The Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, from the highest point of the Mount of Olives
Jerusalem - The Pool of Hezekiah
Routes in the Holy Land by the Rev'd H. B. Tristram
Jerusalem at Sunset
Back Cover
The Cypresses of the Garden of Gethscmane
Nazareth, General View
Front Cover


Map Name
Palestine Illustrated - Modern Palestine (1888)
Palestine Illustrated - The Central Ridge of Palestine (1888)
The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 5 & 6 - Map of the Valley of the Nile  (1855)
The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 3 & 4 - Map to Illustrate Mr. Robert's Route (1855)
Journal of a Tour in the Levant Vol. 3 - Map of the Countries on the East Coast of the Mediterranean Sea (1820)
The Land of Israel - Routes in the Holy Land by the Rev'd H. B. Tristram (1865)
Journal of a Tour in the Levant Vol. 1 - Map of Greece and the Archipelago (1820)
Palestine Illustrated - The City of Jerusalem (Modern) (1888)
The Land of Israel - The Dead Sea to Illustrate the Routes and Observations of the Rev'd H. B. Tristram (1865)


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