The nave of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

The Chapel of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth
A cactus hedge

A Jaffa beach

Sea of Galilee at Night

Palestine Narratives

Various writers, travelers, and researchers offer glimpses of Palestine from their own particular perspectives.


Mary Rogers, author of Domestic Life in Palestine and the sister of the British consul in Haifa, describes her arrival in Palestine in 1855.

Mark Twain, in his book Innocents Abroad, compares the Sea of Galilee disadvantageously to Lake Tahoe, and criticizes other writers' exaggerated descriptions of the famous lake where Jesus spent much of his youth. Yet, during a night spent near the lake, his own imagination takes flight.

In his book Biblical Reasearches In Palestine, Edward Robinson describes what can be seen from the top of the hill on which Nazareth lies, in essence, the same vistas that Jesus saw during his boyhood.

Mary Rogers describes a journey on horseback from Jaffa to Jerusalem.

Mark Twain describes the Church Of The Annunciation in Nazareth - the traditional site of Mary's encounter with the angel Gabriel described in Luke.

Mary Rogers describes a visit to Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, and a few Palestinians she encountered.

Mary Rogers tells about three harems she was familiar with in Haifa.

Mary Rogers describes a journey on horseback from Haifa to Nazareth.