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Jerusalem *Updated version 1.1*

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This was my map for the Garden Of Eden contest, It may not have won the contest but its one of my best looking maps ever , and it is also my first Crusader map. If i receive a lot of feedback on this I might make a Invasion scenario out of it.

The settlement of Jerusalem began in a very early period, and testimonies to this appear in three different sources. There are references to this early settlement in the Bible (Genesis 14 -- The story of Abraham and the Canaanite Kings), in archaeological findings, and in independent historical sources found in other lands that had maintained political and commercial ties with the Land of Israel (especially Egypt). In that early Canaanite period, Jerusalem was one of many independent city-states that existed in the region.

Jerusalem began to be considered a city of significant regional importance only after it was conquered by the Israelite King David a few centuries later. While, during the assignment of the Promised Land to the twelve Israelite tribes, Jerusalem became part of the area of the tribe of Benjamin, it was never actually conquered by the Israelites (see Judges19). Only when King David conquered it, did Jerusalem begin to develop as an important political center -- and moreover -- a significant religious center.

The Bible is the main source of the historical information which we have today about Jerusalem in the period of the 10th to 6th century BCE. Other written sources add to that body of information and shed some light on the historical processes that developed in the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel.

Because of Jerusalem’s unique status, it became a major attraction to archaeologists and other researchers from the 19th century until the present time. The first major archaeological discoveries were made at the end of the19th century.

Archaeological excavations and research in Jerusalem have their own special problems. This is a site with a long history and an abundance of relics. However, this is also a city in which settlement and growth has never ceased and continues even today. Researchers were presented with a need to both find a way to excavate its historical past, while living in its vibrant present.

It is peculiar that for the Biblical period in particular we have few archaeological findings. The builders and architects of later periods, who constructed large extravagant buildings with deep foundations, caused a lot of damage to the ancient remnants. This is most evident in the area of the Temple Mount, where, in the 1st Century BCE, King Herod's builders truly outdid themselves. In other parts of the city, however, some well preserved remnants of Biblical Jerusalem were uncovered. This was the case in the excavations in the Jewish Quarter, led by Prof. Nachman Avigad, and at Jerusalem's Eastern hill, south of Temple Mount, where for a number of years excavations were being led by Prof. Yigal Shilo. The excavations of the southern wall led by Prof. Mazar also proved fruitful. The archaeological findings shed light on the writings of the Bible, that are sometimes unclear. At times the findings explain the text, and at times actual physical examples of objects described in writing in the Bible have been unearthed.

Our knowledge of Jerusalem in Biblical times is enriched yearly, and provides us with important tools for interpretating the Bible and other written histories.

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Rating: 5
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This map is awesome, not only because its super accurate (I have been to Old Jerusalem and its accurate) but its got so much to offer. Burn the captives in the pit and watch for unique homes and buildings. Dome of the Rock was nicely done. ALL IN ALL SUPERIOR WORK!
Rating: 5
saw a real map of the city and copied it and put it next to yours very similiar

p.s please rate my my map titled ancient babylon

[Edited on 08/07/05 @ 09:48 PM]

Rating: 5
Really nice map! I have never seen a wonderful city like that in any Strongholds!Keep up the good work

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I really would like to see the day of an invasion in this so realistic map!
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If you make this an invasion map, it would represent the real invasions that this city suffered (and sometimes holded) in the time of crusades.
That would be great!
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Hey, thanks for all the positive comments.
I will make the map an invasion some day. I just found out that I cant convert the map from castle builder to invasion, hmm. Serious problem.

I am going to finish my map for the contest, then Im going to finis a crusader I'm working on, then I'll start rebuilding the map as an invasion.
luiguigarac I had that problem too, I made a "Free-Building" map and then try to make it an invasion map, you can't, so you need to rebuild it! The only way to play it is to go to the Free-Building and create (F1) the invasion that you want...
By the way I have just uploaded this map (it's name is Troy) it's an eyecandy just because I get mistake on the tipe of map, and it's very simple (my first map) but I want comments about it to make it better and change it to invasion...
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luiguigarac, I will try to review your map as soon as possible.

Your rating here isn't an official rating, you must have pressed Post comment instead of post review. I would be glad if you could make an official review.
Lord Michael I
Rating: 5
This is a VERY precise map of the old Jerusalem, liked a lot the waterfalls and the churches

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Get a job at architecture or mapmaking
tpM91 Well done 5.0
Lord Rushton it was boring at first but i soon resliesd how fun it was to make invasionsl

[Edited on 09/18/06 @ 02:18 PM]

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