The Temple Mount - Har'm e-Shariff

This is one of a long series of remarkably elegant lithographs made by the English artist David Roberts R.A. in the 19th century, of scenes all over the Holy Land. This one was evidently made from the vicinity north of St Anne's Church near the Pools of Bethesda. In fact the deep depression in the foreground is very reminiscent of part of the remains of the earlier Byzantine church built over the pools, and the rectangular building directly facing us could easily be that of the White Fathers. However since St. Anne's is not visible slightly to our left foreground, then the precise point where the artist is standing must be elsewhere. Looking further afield, straight ahead of us we can see the wide 34 acre expanse of the Temple Mount, known in Arabic as Har'm e-Shariff - The Noble Sanctuary - and, of course, the Dome of the Rock. Just to the left of the Dome can be seen the smaller structure of the Dome of the Chain, believed to have been the treasury in which was stored the money for building the Dome itself. Beyond and still further to the left is the el-Aksa Mosque with its grey dome facing out over the City of David and on down into the Kidron Valley where it meets the Valley of Hinnom. Down to the left of the Temple Mount, among the clump of trees, is the area just inside The Golden Gate (the position of which is suggested by the structure seen just beyond the wall) - looking out over the Kidron Valley up to the Mount of Olives, the southern end of which can be seen upper left stretching away to the south towards Bethany.

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