This site is a joint project of the Jewish National and University Library
and the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It
was made possible by generous grants of David and Fella Shapell (The JNUL
digitization project) and the Hebrew University's Historic Cities Research
While the maps themselves are all in the public domain, the digital images
are the property of the Jewish National and University Library and The
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. You are welcome to link to the site or
to specific images (crediting the site and its creators: The Jewish National
and University Library and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dept. of
Geography, Historic Cities Research Project). No commercial use or publication
of any of the images is allowed without our written permission (for permission
or further information, click on the 'Contact us' icon on the project
We would like the site to contain reference to similar material on the web. We are looking, therefore, for the collaboration of scholars and amateurs, librarians and collectors, who want to share their Jerusalem maps with the public or want our help to do so. Please let us know. We will add links to your material for the benefit of us all, crediting you for the work you did. If needed, we will supply you with the technical know-how.
The Eran Laor Cartographic Collection
beautiful collection of ancient maps of Jerusalem is part of a
Eran Laor started this collection in 1947 and very soon it became one of the world's famous collections. The lovers of maps as well as historians have now the opportunity to see them via the Internet.
The late Mr. Laor donated his magnificent collection of maps, books and
atlases to the Jewish National and University Library in 1975.
People behind the project
Webmaster. PhD student, International Relations Department, The Hebrew
University of Jerusalem; Specializes in web-based research & learning.
Technical assistant, Photographic Department, Jewish National and
Graphic designer & illustrator in multimedia. Worked as a Lead Designer in Snunit and Addwise Web projects.
Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum
Department of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus,
91905, Jerusalem, Israel. Academic head of the Historic Cities Research
and of the Vadum Iacob Research project.
Co-webmaster and co-director of the Jerusalem Web Archives [a joint project
of the Israeli Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian al-Quds
University] a graduate student who specializes in the history of Christianity
Librarian at the Jewish, National and University Library since 1966.
Curator of the Eran Laor Cartographic Collection since it was established.
Assisted Mr. Laor in the compilation of the book: Maps of the Holy
Land, New York, 1986.
Prof. Rehav Rubin is an associate Professor at the Department of Geography,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main field is Historical Geography.
He studies the history of cartography, maps and mapmaking, especially
those of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. He published many articles in this
area and two books:
Head, Information Technology Department, Jewish National and
Head, Photographic Department, Jewish National and University Library.