190 years ago, a German tourist named Westphal visited Jerusalem and sketched a map of the city. German and Israeli researchers examining the cartography of 19th-century Palestine recently rediscovered the map in a Berlin archive, providing a rare glimpse at the early stage of Jerusalem mapping. This second-earliest modern map of the city provides a correct outline of the boundaries and structures with keen precision according to Chaim Goren, a historical geographer at the Tel Hai Academic College. The earliest known survey map of Jerusalem that employed trigonometric calculations in conjunction with geographic and topographic data was drafted in 1818.
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Mesopotamia, the cradle of Western civilization, included the great ancient empires of Sumer, Assyria and Babylon. Encompassing present-day Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey, here the origins of agriculture, writing, codified laws and urban planning emerged.
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Vassilios Tzaferis reviews "Christians and Christianity, Vol. III & IV (Churches and Monasteries in Samaria and Northern Judea and Churches and Monasteries in Judea)" edited by Noga Carmin.