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Title: 37 – Tomb of the Kings
Authors: Thomas Mason Optician
Thomas Mason Optician
South Dublin Libraries Local Studies
Keywords: Clondalkin Branch Library
lantern slide
Holy Land
Issue Date: 1910
Publisher: Thomas Mason Optician, 5-6 Dame St Dublin.
Description: Slide 37: one of a collection of lantern slides shown at Clondalkin branch library c 1910. Description given in booklet: The sepulchres around Jerusalem, many of which are well worth examining, exist in astonishing numbers, and are to be found almost everywhere, within and without the city. The best examples are those called the “Tombs of the Kings” and the ‘Tombs of the Judges.’ The former are about half-a-mile north of the Damascus Gate. A court is sunk in the solid rock about 90 feet square. On the west side of the rock is a sort of portico, originally ornamented with grapes, garlands and festoons, beautifully wrought on the cornice. A very low door in the south end of the portico opens into the ante-chamber, 19 feet square and 7 or 8 high. From this, three passages conduct into other rooms, all cut in the intensely hard rock. The entrances were originally closed with stone doors, wrought with panels and hung on stone hinges. Neither labour nor expense has been spared in the creation of these sepulchres, and their magnificence makes them not unworthy to have been the last earthly home of royalty. It has been much discussed to whom this great tomb, or collection of tombs, belongs. It was a tomb fit for kings, princely wealth only could have reared it, and doubtless only royal or princely personages were laid in it.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10599/11761
Latitude: 31.788487
Longitude: 35.229147
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Appears in Collections:The Holy Land: a reading; a description of a series of lantern slides

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