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European brethren; many of them have come to the Holy City in order that they may die there and be buried with their people. There are several admirable institutions for the benefit of poor Jews in Jerusalem, founded by Sir Moses Montefiore and other wealthy and benevolent European Jews.
The Christians of Jerusalem are composed of various sects, the most powerful being those of the - Greek Church, whose patriarch has his residence and episcopal throne there. They possess some of the largest and richest monasteries and foundations in the city. The Armenians, whose patriarch is styled “Patriarch of Jerusalem,” and lives at the monastery next to Zion Gate, are a branch of that church and nation whose members are spread so widely over the various provinces of the Turkish Empire. The Armenians and the Greeks are better disposed towards the Protestants than towards their chief opponents—the Roman Catholics. The Copts, the sole representatives of the ancient race that built the Pyramids, who intermarry only with their own sect, are not numerous, but they have a monastery which is the residence of a bishop. The Syrians of the ancient church (Jacobites) are under the protection of the Armenians, but have a bishop and a few priests; and the poor Abyssinians, who live from hand to mouth, have a monastery beside the Church of the Sepulchre.
The Latins, or Roman Catholics—the deadly enemies of the Greeks-number about 1,500 souls, and are possessed of considerable wealth and influence. Affiliated to them are the Oriental churches of the Greek Catholics and the United Armenians, numbering about 50 souls.
It is hardly necessary to say that the Protestants are not a numerous community in Jerusalem. A Mission of Inquiry was instituted in 1820 by the Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews, and in 1824 Dr. Dalton, the first missionary, took up his residence there. In 1841 the Governments of England and Prussia entered into an agreement to establish a bishopric there, the diocese to embrace Mesopotamia, Chaldea, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Abyssinia. In connection with the evangelical work of the mission is a school for proselytes and Jewish children, a boys' school for natives and Protestant Arabs, an Arabic church and school, a Hospital of the Deaconesses of Kaiserswerth-an admirable institution open to every suffering human creature of whatever faith-two orphanages, a leper hospital, a children's hospital, and the Hospital of St. John. The English church, for many years under the care of Bishop Gobat, is situated on Mount Zion.
The best approach to Jerusalem is from the Mount of Olives, when the whole city bursts upon the view and presents an appearance more imposing than from any other spot, every building of importance standing out sharply, and the walls and other surroundings giving to it a vastness which is not seen elsewhere. The next best approach is from the hill Scopus, the route taken by travellers from the north; while the least impressive first-view of the city is that seen by those who come from Jaffa, the effect of the general appearance being greatly marred by huge blocks of modern buildings, chiefly Russian.
Jerusalem is enclosed by a wall nearly forty feet high, irregular, and conformed to the hills over which it passes, massive in appearance, but in reality very far from substantial; it was built in the sixteenth century, and only a few courses of its stone belong to the wall of an ancient date. Around the walls are thirty-four towers, and in the walls are seven gates, five
open and two closed—the former are the Jaffa Gate, on the west, called by the Arabs Bâbel-Khalîl, or the Gate of the Friend, leading to Hebron ; the Damascus Gate, leading to Samaria and Damascus; St. Stephen's Gate, leading to Olivet and Bethany; the Dung
Gate, or Gate of the Western Africans, leading to Siloam ; and Zion Gate, or Gate of the Prophet David, on the ridge of Zion. The closed gates are the Golden Gate in the eastern wall of the Harâm, and the Gate of Herod.
The town itself covers an area of 209.5 acres, of which 35 are occupied by the Harâm-eshSherîf—the plateau of the Temple. The remaining space is divided into different quarters
the Christian quarter, including the part occupied by the Armenians, taking up the western half; the Mohammedans have the north-east portion; the Jews the south-east. “The circumference is nearly two and a quarter miles, while the extent of the city-small as it is, it now seems too large for the population—may be illustrated by the fact that it would nearly occupy the space included between Oxford Street and Piccadilly on the north and south, and Park Lane and Bond Street on the east and west.”* The streets are narrow, badly paved, and crooked as a corkscrew; the principal being the Street of David, leading from the Jaffa Gate to the Harâm ; the Street of the Gate of the Columns, running from the Damascus Gate to the Street of the Gate of the Prophet David, under which name it continues to Zion Gate; Christian Street, running from the Street of David to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; and the Via Dolorosa, running from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to St. Stephen's Gate.
There are very few open spaces, and not one street in which a carriage can be driven ; the bazaars are poor, and not to be compared for a moment with those of Cairo or Damascus ; they are in narrow lanes, for the most part vaulted over, and exhibit the usual articles to be found in Eastern bazaars-shoes, pipes, tobaccos, hardware, jewellery, cutlery, and so fortheach stall being under the superintendence of a man in flowing robes and turban, who sits cross-legged and smokes while the crowd buzzes unceasingly around him. There are two good hotels, the “Mediterranean" and the “Damascus ;” and several hospices—the Casa Nova of the Franciscans, the Austrian Hospice, and the Prussian Hospice of St. John-but the majority of travellers who are making the tour of Palestine camp outside the city, as indeed do many of the inhabitants in the summer-time for the sake of the purer air. Almost every house in Jerusalem has a cupola, with a flat space on the roof to allow a stroll round it, and all the houses are of stone. Very few of them exhibit any traces of architectural beauty ; in fact the dwelling-houses generally suggest poverty and dirt.
Let us now in imagination enter Jerusalem by the Jaffa Gate, and, after looking round, make our way to Christian Street, the principal bazaar-street of the city, and thence to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
If it is the " season "—that is to say, the spring or the autumn, but more especially the spring-a startling scene will be witnessed as soon as the Jaffa Gate is passed and the large open space beyond it reached. The scene resembles a fair, or carnival, at which representatives of all sorts and conditions of men, of all nations and kindreds and peoples and tongues, are gathered together, dressed in every conceivable and outlandish costume, wrought in every shade of colour. Here are veiled women in bright blue, or yellow, or scarlet; Turks in embroidered clothes and startling turbans; Bedouins with glittering weapons in their girdles; Albanians in plaited petticoats and jackets abounding in gold and silver threadwork; Nubians in white tunics; Syrian Jews with pale faces and hair in ringlets; Russian pilgrims wrapped in fur as if they anticipated the climate of Jerusalem to turn to that of Moscow; Englishmen in tourist garb; fellaheen almost destitute of garb; dragomans ; Turkish soldiers ; Greek priests with round black caps; Armenian monks with pointed black hoods; high-capped and black-habited Copts; French, Germans, Italians, all crowded together; while amongst them run and plead a
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legion of beggars droning or screaming the everlasting cry of “Backsheesh!” Rows of stalls line the way, at which men and boys with loud voices are calling out their waressherbet, nuts, oranges, sweetmeats, and cooked food of doubtful aspect; while a row of small shops and cafés appear to be doing a roaring trade, especially in those where a tempting placard announces “English beer sold here.”
On the right hand the eye rests at once upon a massive square tower, forming part of the citadel. It is the Tower of Hippicus—the tower described by Josephus—the tower about which there has been endless controversy. The substructures are very solid and of great antiquity; the stones, many of them ten feet in length, are bevelled, with rough surfaces. Over the height of thirty-nine feet the masonry is of a different character, and it is supposed by some that the lower part is a portion of the fortress erected by King David, or, according to others, of the Tower of Hippicus, built by Herod. Whichever it may have been-or it may have been both—there is every probability that this tower was standing in the days when our Lord was on earth. Josephus tells us that Titus left this tower standing when he destroyed the city; and it was the last place to yield when Jerusalem was taken by the Franks. “There is not one house standing,” says MacLeod, “on which we can feel certain that our Lord ever gazed, unless it be the old tower at the Jaffa Gate.”
Close by is the English church on the site of Herod's palace, a substantial and pretty building, and the interior simple and in good taste—a striking contrast to many of the other churches.
Turning now into Christian Street, where the shops more resemble those of European cities than in the other streets, a narrow turning brings us to one of the most interesting spots in the world, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Rivers of ink have flowed in controversies over the sites of holy places in Jerusalem generally, and of the Church of the Sepulchre in particular. The site of Golgotha, as indicated in the Scriptures, was outside the walls of the city; the site of the Church of the Sepulchre is far within the present walls. The question is, Could the present site ever have answered to the requirements of the sacred narrative in which it is said that Golgotha was “nigh to the city” (John xix. 20); that our Lord was crucified “without the gate” (Heb. xiii. 12); and that “in the place where He was crucified there was a garden ; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid ; there laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand”? (John xix. 41-2). Opinions are divided upon this topographical controversy ; De Vogüé, Williams, and many others being in favour of the present site; Dr. Robinson, Fergusson, and others taking the opposite view. The next important point of controversy is that of historical evidence; and it is agreed that there is no evidence whatever that this site was held in reverence during the early centuries of the Christian era. It is not mentioned by any of the apostles ; nor—with the exception of a passage in Eusebius, in which he states that over the sepulchre, “ that illustrious monument of immortality," had been erected a Temple of Venus—is anything known of it until the Emperor Constantine caused the Temple of Venus to be overthrown and the holy cave laid baré. Subsequently, so it is said, Helena, the mother of Constantine, discovered, by a divine vision, the true Cross and all the localities connected with the death and burial of our Lord.
What is certain is that on this site a magniftelt hirch was commented in An. 32 and completed A.. , and from that time to the present there have been successite churches in the same sitt, botwithstanding destruction lit the Persians, the Moslems, and to ire. • In the Clristian quarter of the eig, in a nurtos crooked street called Primer Street, stand the Church of the Hus Serruichre. A few rough stube steps lead down to a large OTI court-yard, paved with reinish slabs of De; and the sight which meets the eve, if the season be one of uur great festival, is een vas in the entrete. A crowd Jepit, dressed in and the el trs of the railbus, aud composed of a most ETEIT zatim puder the suu: Tentuna of rejes, rosaries, startis, erosises, and a rartit of the artides; teran buy the store urtering their intlaurus cries, which seem peculiar to Syria; negrims, i vurgert, tagatheert. rials, priestamibest in themselves present a curious spectacle; bat iz ist belirt of court-rard, or, it may be, drawn up in a line with the restituie of ibe curFedE a tirog guard of Turkish siajers— guard of armed Moslems—10 keep the queste Pin e rra. (ristian seite!
The b rand if has put an imposing aspect from the exterior, Dor is there any spot iruvi fa per portions en be seen, standing as it does in the midst of a crowded part of 13€ . It is, boterer, an enormous buzding, a series of baitings, 350 feet 1:09 17 251 wide, and contains “seventy sacred localities presided over by seventeen direct sents in separate chapels inside the edibice."
Without pausing to describe the architecture of the exterior, or the bas-reliefs over the main portal, let us pass the Moslem custodians on their beach in the portal, where they EID' ke tbeir pipes and drink their coffee in utter indifference, as no " backsbresh" can be demanded at tbe times when the church is open, and commence our tour of the church, Doting only the principal places of interest and the legends connected with them. And, in dog 8', let us rernen ber that we are following the footsteps of milbons of pious pilgrims wbs, from all countries, through many centuries, hare come hither, in a spirit of faith, derotion, and self-sacrifoe, to worship.
The first thing we observe is a large stone, around which, at all times, there are many kneeling worsbippers. It is the Stone of Unction, on which it is said the body of our Lord was laid from anointing when taken from the Cross. Notwithstanding the fact that the stube has often been changed, that it belonged at one time to the Copts, at another to the Georgians, then to the Latins, and afterwards to the Greeks, and that the present stone was only plaord in position in the rear sis, it is positively worn down in parts by the lips of pigrims »bo hare kissed it. All the Christian sects hare free access to this part of the church; and over the Stone of lactico, Armenians, Latins, Greeks, and Copts have hung lamrijes and large caucrats, which are always kept burning. A few paces farther on is another time, in a raiel coure, indicating the spot where the mother of our Lord
duble the body of Jesus was being an inted, and where she afterwards stood watching Hit t'n). Sur of marile, illa and radiating from the central stone, mark the very spot kuown as the Station of Mary. Turting Dow to the right, a few steps bring us to the Rotunda auf the Suprem e stave, in the centre of which stands the Holy Sepulchre itself. The done, sunny lg egbuen piers, over which run two rows of arcades, is sixty-five feet in Came**T, Curauad rib Dosaics, and is open at the top like the Pantheon at Rome.