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Bird's eye view of the Jordan Valley with a glimpse of the Dead Sea between mountains
Descent to the valley of the Jordan.

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The Getty Research Institute, the Internet Archive
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After a lithograph by Louis Haghe

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Bird’s eye view of the Jordan Valley with a glimpse of the Dead Sea between mountains in the fore- and background. The book describes the landscape as follows:

The View is taken from the highway leading from Jerusalem through Jericho, and forming a part of the road, or system of roads, by which Jerusalem was connected
with the countries on the Euphrates, and thence with Persia and India. The pass is singularly difficult, and still inherits its evil name as a place of robbers. In this scene of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, no stranger ventures without an escort, But its variety and boldness strongly attract the eye. ” The view,” says the Artist, “when we emerged from the rocky hills, was one not to be forgotten. The Valley of the Jordan lay stretched beneath our feet, in all the beauty of an Eastern evening. The Dead Sea, the silvery line of the rapid Jordan just visible, the gay colours of the pilgrim encampment glittering in the last rays of the setting sun, were fitter for the poet than the painter.”

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