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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
The Market-Place, Bethlehem
Citadel of Sidon
Interior of the Dome of the Chain, looking North
Joppa or Jaffa
Obelisk of On
The Grand Vizier's Tent
Valley of Hinnom, with Hill of Offence
Cleopatra's Needle
The Anointing Stone, from the Ambulatory of the Crusaders' Church
Entrance to the Tombs of the Kings, Baban-El-Molook
The Holy Rock beneath the Dome of the Mosque of Omar
Mount Tabor, from the Plain of Esdraelon
Entrance of the Jordan into the Dead Sea
Sea of Galilee from supposed Ruins of Capernaum
Temple of Dandour, Nubia
Excavations at the Eastern End of the Valley Petra
A Small Bazaar in Damascus
Bridge of Arta
Joseph's Pit and Well
Caiphas, looking towards Mount Carmel
Modern Palestine
Back Cover
The Greek Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre
Portion of the Citadel of Jerusalem
Mount Tabor
Ruins of Semua
Citadel of Cairo, the Residence of the Pasha
Front Cover
The Ford of the Jordan, near Jericho
Port of Tyre
Tomb of Absalom
A Field of Flowers in Galilee near Hattin
Sidon, looking towards Lebanon
Perspective View of Cairo
Jacob's Bridge over the Jordan
Interior of the Mosque of El Aksa, from the S.E.
Inside of a Gallery, Gibraltar
Water - Carrier filling Skin, Jerusalem
Facade of the Pronaos of the Temple of Edfou
The Mount of Temptation, from Jericho
Mount Quarantania from Jericho
Caverns near Syracuse
The Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem, from a Garden on the opposite Hill
Jezzar Pacha Condemning a Criminal
Great Monastery of St. George
Jerusalem - The Triple Gate of the Temple Area
Approach to the Fortress of Ibrim
General View of Tyre
Mount Zion
Ayun Musa - The Wells of Moses - Wilderness of Tyh
The Jordan at Paneas
Petra, Showing the Upper or Eastern End of the Valley
Tiberias, looking towards Hermon
Jacob's Well at Shechem (Nablus)
The Tomb of Rachel, on the Road from Jerusalem to Hebron
Hassan Bey's Palace at Rhodes
A Druse with his Silk-Worm Cocoons
Site of Petra, South
Cedars of Lebanon
The Letter-Writer, Cairo
Jacob's Well at Shechem
The Nilometer on the Isle of Rhoda, Cairo
One of the Tombs of the Caliphs, Cairo
The Convent of St. Catherine, Mount Sinai
Title Page
Interior of the Great Temple of Aboo-Simbel, Nubia
Studies of Syrian Peasant Women
Title Page - Volume 2
Captured on Jordan by the Arabs of Hooleh
Jerusalem, with the Road from Bethany
Temple of Dakke, in Nubia
Tombs in Cairo [II]
Jacob's Well
Obelisk at Luxor
Tombs of the Memlooks, Cairo, with an Arab Funeral
Ruins of the Ionic Temple of Om El Hamed, near Tyre
View Looking Towards the Pyramids of Dashour and Saccara, with a Slave Boat on the Nile
Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
Interior of Poca Roca Cave
A Druse House, Mount Lebanon
The Lake of Galilee towards Mount Hermon
Map to Illustrate Mr. Robert's Route
Daniel Bryan, a Sailor
Inhabitants of Minorca
Modern Palestine
Syrian Shepherd (Abu Mustapha) carrying a Lamb on his Shoulder
Entrance to the Caves at Beni-Hassan
Plain of Esdraelon
The Upper Valley of the Kidron, looking South


Map Name
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)
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)
Palestine Illustrated - Modern Palestine (1888)
Journal of a Tour in the Levant Vol. 1 - Map of Greece and the Archipelago (1820)
Journal of a Tour in the Levant Vol. 3 - Map of the Countries on the East Coast of the Mediterranean Sea (1820)
Palestine Illustrated - The Central Ridge of Palestine (1888)
Palestine Illustrated - The City of Jerusalem (Modern) (1888)


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