Jérusalem, Enceinte du Temple, Porte hérodienne

Auguste Salzmann French
Printer Imprimerie photographique de Blanquart-Évrard, à Lille French

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Tucked into a corner, Salzmann’s camera captures a small portion of Jerusalem’s layered walls. At right, a pediment is interrupted by the neighboring wall, while the outline of a pointed arch is visible in the lower left. With these architectural forms, Salzmann theorized that there survived portions of the temple built by Herod the Great in the first century b.c. and destroyed by Roman forces in a.d. 70. The identification was a radical departure from French archaeological tradition and transformed anonymous fragments into material evidence of the biblical era.

Jérusalem, Enceinte du Temple, Porte hérodienne, Auguste Salzmann (French, 1824–1872), Salted paper print from paper negative

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