TOURISTS, TRAVELLERS AND HOTELS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY JERUSALEM
On Mark Twain and Charles Warren at the Mediterranean Hotel

SHIMON GIBSON, YONI SHAPIRA and RUPERT L CHAPMAN
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Jerusalem was a constant focus of all pilgrims and tourists travelling to the Holy Land in the nineteenth century, but knowing exactly where they might get clean and decent accommodation was of the utmost importance. This volume is a study of the rise of commercial hotel keeping in the city from the beginnings in the early 1840s. Chapters cover modes of travel and the role of dragomen, early guidebooks and various other aspects of tourism, such as the development of travel bureaux in the Levant and the significant part that freemasonry played among vendors. The book is primarily a comprehensive account of Jerusalem’s early hotels, inns and hostels, with special attention given to the Mediterranean Hotel. Many travellers passed through its doors, notably Herman Melville and Mark Twain, Ulysses S Grant, the explorer Charles Warren and members of the Survey of Western Palestine mapping party.

. . . the photographs alone make this book a treasure trove. BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW