The Library of Congress has recently digitalized a collection of over 10,000
photographs, taken by the "American Colony" in Jerusalem, a group of Christian
utopians who lived in Jerusalem between 1881 and the 1940s. The photographers
returned to the US, and bequeathed their massive collection to the Library of
Congress in 1978. The collection includes Winston Churchill's visit to
Jerusalem, Jewish expulsions from the Old City during Arab riots, and the
building of Tel Aviv.
For centuries, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been the focus of worshippers,
scholars and explorers. But few archaeologists have explored history's
secrets hidden in the caves, tunnels and cisterns beneath the Hiram el-Sharif --
controlled by the Muslim Waqf.
The Israel Daily Picture site provided last week photos from the Library of
Congress archives taken after a 1927 earthquake destroyed parts of the el-Aqsa
It was very curious when additional photos were discovered in the
American Colony and Felix Bonfils collections showing the entrance to a cave
beneath the "foundation stone" (even hashtiya in Jewish tradition) on which the
Jewish Temples and the Mosque of Omar* were built.
More photos can be viewed at http://www.israeldailypicture.com
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