23 Colour Pictures of The Holy Land from 120 Years Ago

These images archived at the Library Of Congress show scenes in 1890-1900 from Israel, Lebanon and Syria, which was at the time controlled by the Ottoman Empire. It was a largely pastoral land that looks like it had changed little since the Biblical era.

syrian-peasant-making-bread the-birthplace-of-mary-magdalene-in-magdala the-damascus-gate-jerusalem the-jaffa-gate-jerusalem the-landscape-is-littered-with-ruins-here-is-the-temple-of-the-sun-in-baalbek the-river-jordan the-ruins-of-capernaium-a-fishing-village-that-was-home-to-several-apostles the-tomb-of-lazarus-in-bethany the-virgins-fountain-in-nazareth a-bustling-market-by-the-tower-of-david-in-jerusalem a-fishermans-boat-on-the-sea-of-galillee-by-tiberias an-itinerant-shoemaker-outside-jerusalem a-relaxing-afternoon-in-the-fields-by-cana-of-galilee bedouins-and-their-tents bedouins-drawing-water beirut-was-a-large-city-even-at-the-turn-of-the-century camels-riders-halt-in-the-desert laborers-on-the-plain-of-esdraelon relaxing-outside-lydda ruins-of-an-ancient-colonnade-in-samaria shephards-hang-out-in-nebi-samuel-aka-the-plain-of-mizpah shepherds-in-hadjar-en-nasaroh stone-cutters-in-jerusalem

Alex Browne studied History at Kings College London and is an Assistant Editor at Made From History. He specializes in post-war history in the USA and Central America.