A well illustrated introduction to the splendid public monuments of Ottoman Jerusalem
A concise and easily accessible introduction to the subject based on the author's deep knowledge of the subject. This is an expanded version of his contribution to the much larger survey of Ottoman Jerusalem, The Living City 1517 - 1917 also published by the Altajir Trust.
This book is intended to serve as an easily accessible introduction to the architecture of Ottoman Jerusalem, which forms the backdrop to the world-famous sacred buildings which are the goal of thousands of visitors every year.
Most of the Ottoman public monuments were built for pious purposes, modest in scale but often richly ornamented. They include fountains, study cells, commemorative domed structures, open-air mihrabs, minarets and Sufi convents, as well as grander enterprises like the encircling city walls and restorations to the Citadel and the Dome of the Rock. These buildings, like the pre-modern urban fabric into which they are so comfortably integrated, testify to the solid affection which Jerusalem has inspired in its Muslim citizens over the past five centuries.
This book contains many drawings, black and white plates and 8 pages in colour.