Convent of Mar-Saba, Near Jerusalem

Accession Number

Convent of Mar-Saba, Near Jerusalem

Francis Frith

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

12 1/2 in x 17 5/16 in (31.8 cm x 44 cm);14 in x 18 in (35.56 cm x 45.72 cm);12 5/8 in x 17 3/8 in (32 cm x 44.2 cm);6 1/2 in x 9 1/16 in (16.5 cm x 23 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Frederick P. and Amy McCombs Currier

Subject matter
This photograph of the Greek Orthodox monastery Mar Saba divides the architectural complex and its landscape setting into two diagonal halves of the picture plane. The Kidron Valley, where the convent is located, occupies the upper right quadrant of the image, while the multi-tiered building occupies the lower left triangle of the picture. The monastery's stepped buildings zigzag in a diagonal from the lower right to upper left corner of the photograph, drawing a stark contrast with the smooth tops of the hills in the background.

Physical Description
Elevated view of a domed brick building with many levels positioned on the edge of a steep ravine.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Greek Orthodox
Holy Land
Middle East
convents (built complexes)
monasteries (built complexes)
travel photography
valleys (landforms)

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