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View of Jerusalem after Merian Seutter, 18th century

The Promised Land Ortelius, 1570

Visit the Israel of Yesteryear View the Holy Land in 360 degrees

​About The Eran Laor Cartographic Collection


The Eran Laor Cartographic Collection is a physical and virtual collection of maps. The heart of the collection comprises ancient maps, atlases and travel books to the Holy Land and as such, it is the largest of its kind in the world. The collection also includes maps and atlases of other locations. In addition, the collection includes scientific literature on the Holy Land, studies about the historical geography of the Holy Land, Bible dictionaries, and copies of early Bibles that feature maps. The main part of the collection is the maps which were donated to the library by the late Eran Laor.​​​


Most of the map collection is available through the library website. Additional maps from the collection are posted to the site on an ongoing basis. As part of its undertaking to create a digitized resource for Holy Land maps, the National Library is now working to expand the digitized collection with the goal of bringing together many additional maps of the Holy Land that are not part of the collection but exist in other libraries and collections, thus creating a comprehensive collection of maps of the Holy Land.​​​​


 

Special Collections​​