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Palestine: View of Jerusalem with Mount Moriah, the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Zion across the Cedron (Kidron) Valley from the Mount of Olives

Gabriele Carelli (1820/21-1900)




12 x 21 ¼ inches

'Chris Beetles Summer Show', 2020, Chris Beetles Gallery, London, No 45

This panoramic view is is taken from the Mount of Olives, the location of several key events in the life of Jesus, including his ascension into heaven; and looks across the Kidron Valley, which is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. Within the walls of Jerusalem, three domes stand out against the skyline. That to the left belongs to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, first established in 705 AD, and considered to be the third holiest site in Islam. That in the middle belongs to the Dome of the Rock, also of Islamic affiliation, which was originally built in the years 688-692 on the site of the Second Jewish Temple. Then the most outstanding of those to the right belongs to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which was consecrated in 335 AD, and contains the two holiest sites in Christianity: Golgotha or Calvary, the place where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb where he was buried and resurrected.

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