Fascinating photos from the 1890s restored to full color reveal daily life in Israel

Taken over 100 years ago, these fascinating photographs reveal life in Israel in the decade between 1890 and 1900.

Although the images were originally taken in black and white, they’ve been restored to full color with the help of Photochrom technology – allowing an incredible insight into the lives of the people living in Israel over a century ago. 

Many of the images are set to a stunning backdrop, still largely untouched by civilization and certainly far from modernity.

The images offer a fascinating perspective on a region that has changed dramatically in some ways but with its distinctive climate and unique architecture, in some destinations, looks surprisingly familiar.

This photograph of Jaffa was taken between 1890 and 1900. The city  had historically been a very important port for the country.
The street by the Tower of David in Jerusalem, circa 1900, had once been a bustling bazaar with traders selling their wares by the side of the road. 
Emek Yizrael (Plain of Esdraelon, Jezreel Valley), is the setting of this image of two laborers and their camel.
A group of fishermen is pictured on the waters in Tiberias, on the coast of the Sea of Galilee, around 1900
Two young children, from a neighborhood of Jerusalem, are pictured circa 1900 holding what appears to be Jerusalem artichokes


Grain sellers, photographed around 1890, are trading on a street in Jerusalem. With them, they have traditional scales and a small mill.
A water carrier in Jerusalem, taken between 1890 and 1900
A Sheikh of an Arab village, pictured in 1895
Three elderly Jewish men in Jerusalem.
Two Bedouin men holding rifles pictured around 1900
A native is pictured in 1895 working with an ox and a donkey to turn the soil in a small patch of farm land.
A group of travellers are relaxing under an enormous tree in Lod (Lydda). Behind them, a small oasis can be seen in the distance. 


The Oak of Abraham, near Hevron, still stands today
The Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem, still stands today
The Jaffa Gate, pictured in 1900, was another of the entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem. As apparent from the sign, it was already popular with tourists. 
A group of men are pictured with their horses outside the Tomb of Samuel, now located in the Arab village of ‘Nebi-Samwil’. The site had been a Jewish shrine, which was then taken over by Christians who built a church at the location. Later, a mosque was built in its place.
The Arch of Ecce Homo, a Roman Catholic church on Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem, pictured in 1900
The Lion’s Gate, pictured in 1900, which offers access to Jerusalem.



  1. Great quality from glass plate negatives and colorized with chromolithography work.
    These glimpses of the past are truly magical ; now preserved for Centuries to come…


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