Photochrome, Vintage, 22,5 cm x 16,5 cm, Collection Privée
The history of Haifa is long. Solomon mentioned this city: "Your head is as high as Mount Carmel (Haifa is situated on the northern slope of the mount)". The Talmud, in the 3rd century BC, spoke of its shore about a rare mollusk, the h’ilazon whose very particular azure color was used to weave the prayer shawls adorned with fringe. Haifa has always suffered from its successive invaders: Byzantines, Persians, Crusaders, Mamluks, and finally Ottomans. In 1868, a Germanic religious community, the Temple Society, landed there and built a district "the German colony” on the pretext of the modernization and economic growth of the city.