Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Bit of History in a Picture

This is picture taken circa. 1912 on the main road between Jerusalem and Shchem (Nablus for all you non-Hebraists) just north of Shiloh, where I live.

It is the section called the Levona Ascent, a narrow three-hairpin curved stretch descending over 300 meters (north-south), where one of the first battles between the Hasmonean guerilla forces defeated a superior Greek-Syrian phalanx.

At the bottom is a khan, a traveller's stop-over, and today, there is an olive-press nearby. The Arab village in the valley is Luban E-Sharakiya.

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