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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
Perspective View of Cairo
Portico of the Temple of Dendera
One of the Tombs of the Caliphs, Cairo
Seated figure of Syrian Shepherd in Sheepskin Coat
Chapel of St. Helena - Crypt of the Holy Sepulchre
Fountain of the Virgin, Nazareth
Ruins of Erment, Ancient Hermontis, Upper Egypt
The Dead Sea, Looking Towards Moab
The Coffee-Shop of Cairo
Back Cover
Mosque of the Sultan Kaitbey, Cairo
Sunrise from the Mount of Olives
Portion of the Citadel of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, from the traditional Spot on the Mount of Olives where Christ wept over the City
Side View of the Great Sphinx
Sidon, from the North
Citadel of Cairo, the Residence of the Pasha
The Hills of Bashan
Grand Parade, Mahon
The Jordan at Paneas
Title Page - Volume 2 (Vignette: Baalbec, from the Fountain)
Sanctuary of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel, Nubia
Cana of Galilee [Frontispiece]
On the Mount of Olives, where the Disciples slept during the Agony in the Garden
Siloam, from under the S.E. Corner of the Wall of the Temple Area
Asouan and the Island of Elephantine
Title Page
Shrine of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Ruins of the Acropolis, Baalbek
Entrance of the Jordan into the Dead Sea
Title Page
Convent of St. Catherine, Mount Sinai, Principal Court
The Colossal Stone in the Ancient Quarry, Baalbek
Cleopatra's Needle
Excavated Temple of Gyrshe, Nubia
Interior of the Mosque of the Metwalis
Village of Dali on Site of Ancient Idalium
Title Page
Armenian Convent of Zumar on Mount Lebanon
View on the Nile. Isle of Rhoda and the Ferry of Geezeh
The Mosque at Tiberias and the Lake of Galilee
Mount Hermon, from the Slopes of Tabor
Tombs in Cairo [II]
Storm on the Lake of Gennesareth
Book Display
Tiberias as seen from the Road to Nazareth
Cana of Galilee
Scene on the Quay of Suez
Tombs of the Memlooks, Cairo
The Gate of David, Jerusalem
The Nilometer on the Isle of Rhoda, Cairo
Site of Ancient Jericho
The Holy Rock beneath the Dome of the Mosque of Omar
Pyramids of Geezeh
Town of Tiberias, looking towards Lebanon
Colossal Figures in Front of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel
Views on the River Jordan
Spanish Synagogue in Jerusalem Interior
Temple of Wady Kardassy, Nubia
Jacob's Well at Shechem (Nablus)
Bazaar of the Coppersmiths, Cairo
Mount Tabor, from the Plain of Esdraelon
Speciments of Turkish Drawings [II]
Cedars of Lebanon
Inside of a Gallery, Gibraltar
Syrian Peasant seated, in profile
The Virgin's Fountain, Nazareth
Head of the Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Geezeh
Landing Place at Syracuse
The Stream flowing from the Spring of Elisha
The Necropolis, Petra
Front Cover
The Jordan
Baalbec, General View
Title Page
A Minaret in the N.W. Corner of the Temple Area
Via Dolorosa with the Tower of Antonia
Syrian Peasant with Milk - Vessels
Back Cover
Tombs of the Memlooks, Cairo, with an Arab Funeral
General View of Tyre
Studies of Syrian Peasant Women
The Damascus Gate
View of Acre and H.M. Ship, Le Tigre
The Ras-el-Metn
Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth [II]
Safed, the City Set on a Hill
Upper Plain of the Jordan


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


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