As part of my job as a photographer, I get to travel around the world and document many beautiful landscapes. Quite often I get asked what my favorite place to visit is. My answer can be somewhat of a surprise, as it actually goes back to my home country of Israel, and specifically its capital Jerusalem.


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In Jerusalem, almost everywhere you go, there's something so fascinating to find. Jerusalem is one of the holiest and most important cities on earth, housing the most sacred sites to all major religions.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary to the reunification of this holy city, which in June 1967 was liberated from Jordanian occupation.

Recently I came across a rare collection of photographs which had been unveiled by the U.S. Library of Congress. The collection uncovers stunning scenes of Jerusalem during the 19th and early 20th centuries. When I saw these amazing early photographs, I set out to compare them with my own photos from the city I've been documenting so extensively.

Some photos were taken from the very same angle, others from a similar point of view, and the result is a remarkable showcase of changes and similarities alike.

Join me on a journey through time in Jerusalem, and witness what 100+ years have done to the eternal city.

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#3 Jaffa Gate: One Of The Main Entrance Gates To The Old City

Jaffa Gate: One Of The Main Entrance Gates To The Old City

Above: in 1918, still featuring the clock tower that was built in 1907 by the Ottoman Empire. It was destroyed in 1922 by the British Mandate (implemented in the area just two years prior). They believed it didn't fit with the city's skyline. Below: today.

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#6 A Scene From Jaffa Road: Jerusalem's Main Street, Used To Be The Leading Route Between The Old City Of The Jerusalem To The Port City Of Jaffa. Today It's Lined Up With Shops And Restaurants

A Scene From Jaffa Road: Jerusalem's Main Street, Used To Be The Leading Route Between The Old City Of The Jerusalem To The Port City Of Jaffa. Today It's Lined Up With Shops And Restaurants

Above: in 1940. Below: today, Jaffa Street is closed to any other means of transportation but the light rail which began operating in 2011.

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#7 David Citadel

David Citadel

Above: in 1898. Below: today.

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#9 Zion Gate: The Main Entrance Gate To The Jewish Quarter In The Old City

Zion Gate: The Main Entrance Gate To The Jewish Quarter In The Old City

Left: in 1938, when the gate was closed and guarded by British soldiers during the Arab revolt against Jews and the British colonial rule. Right: today, bearing the scars of Israel's war of Independence (1948). Numerous bullet holes are still visible to this day, as the gate has never been restored.

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#10 Mount Of Olives: View From The Kidron Valley

Mount Of Olives: View From The Kidron Valley

Above: in 1898. Below: today, when the landscape is dominated by the golden Church of All Nations, built between the years 1919-1924.

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