New Book On 19th-Century Jerusalem – “Tourists, Travellers and Hotels in 19th-Century Jerusalem”

A new book called “Tourists, Travellers and Hotels in 19th-Century Jerusalem,” provides a comprehensive study of the trends and developments of that period. Throughout the 19th century, numerous travelers made their trip to Jerusalem, including writers Herman Melville, Mark Twain, General Ulysses S. Grant, and the explorer Charles Warren.

Among other topics, the book describes the rise of commercial hotels in Jerusalem, modes of travel, early guidebooks, the rise of travel bureaus such as the Thomas Cook & Son Company, and the role of Freemasonry among tourism vendors.

Based on travel books and memoirs, drawing on unpublished photographs (there are over 300 detailed images in the book), letters, and drafted manuscripts, this study will be of interest to scholar and layperson alike.

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