Jerusalem (1581) / Conflicts-City at the Middle of the World

Jerusalem (1581) / Conflicts-City at the Middle of the World

This map created on 1581 signifies the importance of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem has always been in the center of conflicts. It was destroyed and rebuilt to the authorities’ visions every time it was conquered, and even the old city part which is a world heritage we see today is no longer anything close to what it looked like in the BCs.

Today the deep rooted conflicts happened on this piece of land are mostly seen religion related. However to me the keyword of all these is “difference”. Geographically on the edge of three continents (Asia, Europe and Africa) means that difference in origin, race, religion, beliefs, and culture coexist within this region, and when none of these parties are willing to be ruled by ones that they do not agree with, wars are started. Over the course of its long history, the only things that always stay the same are the people’s desire to build their home, and the consequent deaths created as they fight over each other for the piece of holy land


2 Comments on “Jerusalem (1581) / Conflicts-City at the Middle of the World

  1. Jerusalem is certainly a city of conflict in its long history of warfare and dissension. The map is revealing in terms of describing Jerusalem’s position, both physically and politically. The significance of the city in both the Israeli and Palestinian nationalism causes ideologically the difference or, more specifically, bias in their own discourse of the city’s history. This manipulation of history in favor of particular regimes or parties was always happening everywhere throughout history. The subjectivity in interpreting the city under this historic context is undeniable while I see the depiction on people’s living, domesticity, desire as historically more significant in this sense.

  2. I agree that the subjectivity of historical narrative is especially precarious in this case, but I’m not sure what Teresa means by “I see the depiction on people’s living, domestically, desire historically more significant”

    I’m am very interested in the architectural symptoms of this contested history. I’m looking forward to more specific research and documentation in support of an architectural argument.

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