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By Simon Goldhill

Jerusalem is the positioning of a few of the main well-known non secular monuments on the planet, from the Dome of the Rock to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Western Wall of the Temple. because the 19th century, town has been a best vacationer vacation spot, now not least as a result numerous spiritual pilgrims from the 3 Abrahamic faiths.

But Jerusalem is greater than a vacationer site―it is a urban the place each sq. mile is layered with old value, non secular depth, and impressive tales. it's a urban rebuilt by way of each one ruling Empire in its personal manner: the Jews, the Romans, the Christians, the Muslims, and for the prior sixty years, the trendy Israelis. What makes Jerusalem so designated is the heady combine, in a single position, of centuries of ardour and scandal, kingdom-threatening wars and petty squabbles, architectural beauty and peculiar relics, religious longing and political cruelty. it's a heritage marked through 3 nice forces: faith, conflict, and monumentality.

In this booklet, Simon Goldhill takes in this strange archaeology of human mind's eye, wish, and catastrophe to supply a travel during the background of this such a lot image-filled and ideology-laden city―from the bedrock of the previous urban to the towering roofs of the Holy Sepulchre. alongside the way in which, we find via layers of buried and uncovered memories―the lengthy background, the forgotten tales, and the lesser-known features of up to date politics that proceed to make Jerusalem essentially the most embattled towns within the world.

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