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Picture of Jerusalem by Mondhare

(1770)

"Jerusalem, capital city under David and Solomon, renowned for its Temple and the miracles performed there. It is now under the domination of the Turks." This is the description which Mondhare, a French publisher, gave to this completely imaginary view of the Holy City. Near the Dome of the Rock with its characteristic octagonal shape, appears a Greek ediface as well as 14 crescent-crested minarets, but only two spires with crosses. The most extraordinary - and illusory - item is the Brook of Kidron, depicted here as a wide river flowing through the Valley of Josaphath.


Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry