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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
Suez, General View
View at Luxor, Thebes
The Castle and Town of Ischia
The Holy Tree of Metereah
Caiffe and Mount Carmel
The Dead Sea
Title Page - Volume 2
The Mosque at Tiberias and the Lake of Galilee
Jacob's Well at Shechem (Nablus)
Joppa or Jaffa
Site of Petra, South
A Plan of Ancient Jerusalem
The Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, from the highest point of the Mount of Olives
Entrance to the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel, Nubia
Front Cover
Jerusalem - Exterior of the Golden or Beautiful Gate
The Valley of the Jordan, from the Mount of Olives
Obelisk at Luxor
Bridge Over the River Litani
Book Display
Study of Camels and Attendants
Jacob's Bridge
Bazaar of the Coppersmiths, Cairo
South Peristyle of the Temple of Jupiter
The Upper Valley of the Kidron, looking South
Ruins of Jerash, Looking West - Propylaeum and Temple Terrace
Lateral View of the Temple called the Typonaeum, at Dendera
Jaffa, Looking North
Jerusalem, from the traditional Spot on the Mount of Olives where Christ wept over the City
Fellah in Holiday Dress
The Christian and Mahometan Chapels on Mount Sinai
Landing Place at Syracuse
The Lake of Tiberia
Grand Parade, Mahon
Within the Walls of Tiberius
The Tomb of Rachel, on the Road from Jerusalem to Hebron
Chancel of the Church of St. Helena, Bethlehem
Minaret of the Mosque El Rhamree
Petra, Showing the Upper or Eastern End of the Valley
Ruined Mosques in the Desert West of the Citadel
Galilean Uplands and Carmel
The Pharos at Alexandria
Title Page
Study for Holiday Dress of Syrian Women
The Chapel of the Tomb of the Virgin at the Foot of the Mount of Olives
General View of Tyre
The Cypresses of the Garden of Gethscmane
Temple Corner
Sanctuary of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel, Nubia
Chapel of Elijah, Mount Sinai
The New Found Mouth of Jordan
Dede Near Tripoli
Great Monastery of St. George
Statues of Memnon in the Plain of Goorna, at Thebes
View on the Lago di Guarda
Cubillario on the Appenines
The Immersion of the Pilgrims in the Jordan
Mosque of the Sultan Kaitbey, Cairo
Sidon, looking towards Lebanon
Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth [I]
The Temple Area and the Mount of Olives, from Mount Zion
Jacob's Bridge over the Jordan
Ruins of Maharraka, Nubia
Entrance of the Jordan into the Dead Sea
Town of Tiberias, looking towards Lebanon
The Bay of Acre, from the top of Carmel
Temple of Wady Kardassy, Nubia
The Summer Pulpit, from the South Porch of the Mosque of Omar (Dome of the Rock)
Entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Front Cover
Book Display
Bedouin Encampment outside the North Wall of Jerusalem
Cedars of Lebanon, the Original Home of the Maronites
Scene on the Quay of Suez
Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth [II]
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Exterior View
Safed, the City Set on a Hill
Arab Huts at Zeta
Garden and Monastery of the Capuchins near Syracuse
A Group in the Slave-Market of Cairo
Turkish Arabah
One of the Tombs of the Caliphs, Cairo
Shrine of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Nazareth in its Setting
Book Display
Convent of the Terra Santa, Nazareth
Grand Entrance to the Mosque El Mooristan, Cairo
The Ford of the Jordan, near Jericho
The Aqueduct of the Nile, from the Island of Rhoda, Cairo
Front Cover
Jerusalem - The Triple Gate of the Temple Area
Site of Ancient Jericho


Map Name
Palestine Illustrated - The Central Ridge of Palestine (1888)
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)
The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 3 & 4 - Map to Illustrate Mr. Robert's Route (1855)
The Holy Land : Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia Vols. 5 & 6 - Map of the Valley of the Nile  (1855)
Palestine Illustrated - The City of Jerusalem (Modern) (1888)
Palestine Illustrated - Modern Palestine (1888)
The Land of Israel - Routes in the Holy Land by the Rev'd H. B. Tristram (1865)
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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