Saida Alame, an articulate, retired maths teacher, has been living in a house that was said to have belonged to Salahuddin Ayubi himself for generations.

Looking at the stunning stone archways that was part of the interior of her home, I spotted some sepia portraits of her parents which were hung on the rugged stone walls.

This wasn’t an uncommon sight in Jerusalem, these sepia photographs. From restaurants to homes, you could always catch sight of a portrait of an elder, with their dignified expressions frozen in time.

Jerusalem is in many ways a city frozen in time. Everywhere you walk, there is a piece of history, living and breathing. In many ways these photographs are a part of its history.


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