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Bridge at Damascus--'In the oldest city of the world.'
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Bridge at Damascus--'In the oldest city of the world.'
Bridge at Damascus--"In the oldest city of the world." [Graphic]
St. Louis, 1894.
Bain, Robert E. M
Object Details:
1 photograph : b&w ; 25.3 x 18.1 cm ( 10 x 7.125 in).
Photograph is in a book with a description beneath ; printed description: "(Genesis, xv: 2.)--'And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?' In this second verse of the 15th chapter of Genesis, Damascus is mentioned for the first time in the Bible. Thus we see that two thousand years before Christ, this city was known to Abraham, Father of the Faithful. Beause of this Damascus has enjoyed the honor throughout the ages of being regarded as the oldest city in the world. In Damascus the peculiar manners and character of the orientals are seen to perfection. Here we have the houses built around an open court, which is planted with trees, with a trickling fountain in the center. Here are bazaars, coffee houses, goldsmiths and silversmiths and manufacturers of sword blades. About a quarter of a mile from the eastern gate of the city a spot is pointed out as the scene of the conversion of Saint Paul." Copyright year and photographer's name are printed at the bottom of the photograph
A bridge over the river at Damascus
CAJS Image Collection LVii BAI 5552 LVii278CAJS
The Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, University of Pennsylvania Libraries