An ancient map of Jerusalem and the world from which it came

A famed map by 16th-century Dutch humanist Christian van Adrichem is a historical trek through culture, identity and spirituality.

May 22, 2014 11:43
King David Hotel

Map of Jerusalem from the 16th century. (photo credit: HEBREW UNIVERSITY)


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Have you seen it – in the dining room of the King David Hotel? It is a modern artist’s rendition of a very famous map. Every guest of the hotel has seen the map, but most (including hotel staff) have no idea of its importance.

The original map, drawn by Dutch theologian and humanist Christian Kruik van Adrichem (1533–1585), portrays an imagined Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, including the City of David and Mount Zion (Sion), Mount Moriah, and the 14 Stations of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa.


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