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