Jerusalem Over a Hundred Years Ago

by Steve Ray on December 26, 2014

Old Aerial Photos of Jerusalem

Jerusalem1910-markedBelow: original pictures; Above: my notations

The Old city sure has changed in since these photos were taken. Does anybody know what the date these were taken? They were shot early in aviation history. My guess is they are about 100 years old.

Since we arrived in Jerusalem today awaiting our Christmas pilgrims arriving this afternoon, I thought you would all enjoy this old aerial photo of Jerusalem with my notations.




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Tim November 26, 2007 at 11:57 AM

Steve, Could you please mark where Golgotha is on the map? I don't see it there or are my eyes not working properly?

STEVE RAY HERE: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (marked on the aerial photo) is built over Calvary (Golgotha) and the Tomb. If you could zoom in enough, you would see two domes. The smaller is over Golgotha; the larger over the tomb.

David Collins November 26, 2007 at 2:41 PM

Abraham did NOT offer Isaac as a sacrifice in the second century BC. 2000 BC is more like it.

 STEVE RAY HERE: Opps, you're right. I meant 2,000 BC. Thanks for catching that. I will have it fixed tonight.

John Odom November 26, 2007 at 5:54 PM

Tha date on the marked photo for the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham must be wrong. That occurred long before David’s time which is given an earlier date.

I enjoy this site, Thanks.

William November 27, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Steve, thanks for putting these up. My wife and I lived in Jerusalem as Protestant missionaries for two years (1976-1978) before entering the Church (largely due to the witness of the Palestinians Catholics) and we had the best time examining the photos for familiar places.

Steve Birch July 16, 2008 at 3:27 PM

I have never seen such a clear arial of turn of century Jerusalem. I love it! Where did you find it at I would love to get a higher resolution copy of it.

Jennifer Cattel February 21, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Hi Mom & Dad, Rick & Valerie & Lisa! It looks like you’re having a great time. You’re missing the new 10 inches of snow we got last night. We really miss you and Thomas and Kaylee had fun seeing you on the computer. Thomas & Kaylee said they want to go with you next time. We love you.

Doug Daunis February 21, 2011 at 9:14 AM

I thinking this photos of Jerusalem were taken in 1910.

Colleen Davis February 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

For Beverly Kelly

Hi MOM!! We watched all the videos on You Tube today. What a beautiful country! Hope you’re having a wonderful time. Thinking of you on your pilgramage. We will contiue to watch every day. Love Colleen, Walter, Elfie, & Elle.

Colleen Davis

Peggy Tasler February 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Gee, I don’t see much water available for all of those more than 3000 baptisms by immersion on the first Pentecost. Just kidding!

John June 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

The current site of Golgotha is not the correct one. I’m probably the only one who knows where it is. The Jewish building project has since covered it – Golgotha along with Christ’s tomb no longer exists. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is not the real site. Very sorry, guys – its the truth.

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