Saturday, September 19, 2009

Jaffa Gate, Early 1900s

Jerusalem, looking down moat toward clock tower, mat08549

Jaffa Gate vicinity from southwest, 1907-1920

I cannot locate a “today” version from this perspective, but you can just imagine the changes: 1) the Crusader moat in the foreground has been completely filled in; 2) the shops on the left side of the photo have been torn down; 3) the clock tower has been dismantled; 4) the fountain has been removed.  Other than that, it looks pretty much the same today.

If a reader has a photo from this perspective that they want to share, feel free to send it to me and I will post it here.  I’ve walked this way many times, but I guess I just considered it too ordinary to photograph. It was 19 years ago that I walked this way on my first date with (now) wife.

Jaffa Gate, by Menachem Brody Jaffa Gate, present day.  Photo by Menachem Brody.

This photograph is from the newly released Jerusalem CD, volume 2 of The American Colony and Eric Matson Collection. The collection includes 685 photographs, including 26 in the Jaffa Gate set, revealing the dramatic changes in this area from 1898 to 1946. Photo: Library of Congress, LC-matpc-08549.

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3 Comments:

  • I'll be there tonight but a night shot will look substantially different. Perhaps over the next few days I can get back there during the day....a comparison will be interesting.

    By Blogger Morey Altman, at Mon Sep 21, 02:27:00 AM  

  • Morey - thanks for the offer. As you will see when you check back, I have received and posted a photo now from Menachem Brody.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon Sep 21, 08:03:00 AM  

  • I was in that almost exact spot last June, walking up the new steps there. If I'd have known you were looking for a pic...

    By Blogger psychobob, at Wed Sep 23, 11:28:00 PM  

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