P.Z. (Photochrome Zurich)

Circa 1895

Photochrome, Vintage, 22,5 cm x 16,5 cm, Collection Privée

Since King David conquered Jerusalem in -997, the Jews had great affection for Mount Moriah where primordial biblical events took place: it was there that God created Adam, it was at its summit that Abraham recognized the Oneness of God, it was on this mount that King Solomon built the first Temple to deposit the Ark of the Covenant, etc. Once the second Temple was destroyed in 70, the Jews were sentenced to exile and dispersal. The Jews constantly evoke the glory of the past at the foot of the last vestige of the Temple: The Western Wall, the Kotel. In front of this wall, they express their deep faith and pain to God. That’s why it’s also called the Wailing Wall.

Félix Bonfils (1831-1885), Mur des lamentations, Jérusalem, Entre 1856-1859, Carton 31,5 x 38 cm, Photographie 15 x 20,5 cm, Tirage albuminé, ⓒmahJ
Jerusalem, Wailing Wall
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