Jerusalem will be the subject of a major exhibition to open on 10 December 2017. It will be dedicated to a city that is revered as a holy place by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike but is simultaneously a decades-long flash point in the conflict between Israeli and Palestinian interests. Throughout its long history, the city has been subject to a shifting series of rulers and occupiers that have left tangible traces in its historical architecture and its urban fabric.
From the very start, Jerusalem has been a city of travelers, whose needs dictated the city’s infrastructure and economy. Pilgrims flocked there for the major holidays and were followed by adventurers, other travelers, and now tourists from around the world. Politics, religion, and urban history are more tightly intertwined in this city than anywhere else.