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Middle East 1860-1880

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Retronaut has wonderful photos of the Middle East taken by Félix Bonfils in the late nineteenth century.

Below, a fab panorama of Jerusalem. And there are photos of the church of the Holy Sepulchre, complete with ladder (which is still standing there today).

And I love this one of the road to Bethlehem from the Jaffa gate.

I often use older photos in my books because I think they give more of an impression of the ancient city – at least in scale and size. (Also they’re out of copyright which always helps!)