Courtesy of the Library of Congress these pictures takes us to the Holy Land between 1890 and 1900.
The Holy Land of that era, which includes modern Lebanon, Palestine and other territories, was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. It is a pastoral land that looks like it had changed little since the Biblical era.
These images are photolithographs, which are made from adding color to black-and-white photographic negatives.
An itinerant shoemaker outside Jerusalem
The landscape is littered with ruins. Here is the Temple of the Sun in Baalbek
A relaxing afternoon in the fields by Cana of Galilee
The Ruins of Capernaium, a fishing village that was home to several apostles
The Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem
The Damascus Gate, Jerusalem
Stone cutters in Jerusalem
A bustling market by the Tower of David in Jerusalem
Shephards hang out in Nebi-Samuel, aka the Plain of Mizpah
Camels riders halt in the desert
The Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany
Beirut was a large city even at the turn of the century
Shepherds in Hadjar en Nasaroh
Laborers on the Plain of Esdraelon
Syrian peasant making bread
Ruins of an ancient colonnade in Samaria
The virgin’s fountain in Nazareth
The birthplace of Mary Magdalene in Magdala
A fisherman’s boat on the Sea of Galillee by Tiberias