Jerusalem, art, and the clash of religions

From the New York Times

Jake Naughton – New York Times

A mosque lamp of the sultan Barquq, in the show “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven.” Credit Jake Naughton for The New York Times

Three major faiths have laid claim to that city. For Jews, it’s the place where, at the End of Days, the Messiah will appear; rebuild the Holy Temple, twice-destroyed; and sort out the righteous from the rest. For Muslims, the city is sacred as the point from which the prophet Mohammad, after a miraculous night flight from Mecca, began a tour of heaven. To Christians, Jerusalem is a giant walk-through reliquary of Jesus’ life and death, with every street, every stone, soaked in his aura.

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