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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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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!
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
Rating: 5
I've been reading these forums for a while but I decided to create a account to counteract Lord Rushton's review. This really does deserve a 5.

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Duc Camembert
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I don't want to say too many, because this map is AWESOME!!!GOOD!!!BRILLIANT!!
This map for me was no what I had expected after seeing all those fives, however it is your first map and we all start somewhere right?

I thought I’d give you a review and some points for future designs.

Naturally the map will be very big, I know I once attempted do recreate this very city but it proved far too arduous. The most important thing to consider when making large cities is that you’ll have to do a lot of work. You also have too be consistent and show the same amount of effort and attention to detail throughout the entire design. One of the things I though let you map down was that you simply spread out random buildings which made it look like a bit of an unnatural city, if you build one you should think about streets and districts. Every part of the cit would have a purpose and so buildings should appear in some sort of order.

The terrain also seems to be a bit of a mishmash of design and there wasn’t too much fluency to be found. Try looking at photos off the Internet to inspire ideas about making interesting designs and more importantly realistic ones. When you sprawl terrain randomly it tends to look unnatural and ruins the maps aesthetic qualities.

The historical write up was good, though it does seem to be copied strait off a website, correct me if I’m wrong please.

All in all a good first effort.

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[Edited on 11/15/06 @ 11:00 AM]

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