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The Holy City of Jerusalem by Theophilia The Holy City of Jerusalem by Theophilia
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"The Holy City: A Map of Jerusalem
at the time of the Crusades"
Finished January 30th, 2011
Maybe about 12 hours
11 by 8.5 inches
Pencil, ink, watercolors


"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your prosperity."


~ Psalm 122

Since my parents went to the Holy Land this past week, I thought I would finally start getting to work on this. And now I have finally, finally, FINALLY finished it everyone! The long-promised companion map to Outremer: The Land Beyond the Sea is complete. This is a map of the city of Jerusalem during the Middle Ages, particularly at the time (1099-1187) of the Crusader Kingdoms in Outremer (the Holy Land). For Nathan Sadasivan's "Crown of the World." For the most part, I really like this, but I do have one complaint: it looks like it was attacked by a box of Froot Loops. :hmm: *facepalm*

This one is even MORE detailed (if possible) than my Outremer one, and, to boot, everything is smaller. My eyes were very strained while I worked on this. It's never a good sign when you're desperately looking for more light sources because all of the lights on in the room STILL won't provide enough light to work by. :XD: Again, like my other one, I used a LOT of references for it. Including GoogleMaps. ;-) But I didn't trace it off the computer. No. That would have been TOO EASY. I had to work and work and WORK on those darn wall shapes to make sure everything lined up perfectly with every little turret and tower all along the wall. In fact, if you paid REALLY close attention, you might notice that the city is actually a little crooked. But I wasn't going to change it once it was sketched. :XD: I am now very, VERY familiar with Jerusalem. In fact, when I was talking to my parents (when they were in the Holy Land) over Skype I was giving them directions to the various churches. *facepalm* I'm such nerd. :XD:

Okay, so I have to give you all a disclaimer. This is an approximation of what Medieval Jerusalem may have looked like. I did a lot of research, but not exhaustive research. As in, I didn't go hunt down every book on medieval Jerusalem while working on this. So there could most possibly be errors. Including (but by no means limited to) anachronistic stuff. But I think that it's accurate for the most part. At least, err....

Inner Historical Stickler: :iconiseewhatyoudidthere:

^^; ...I hope so. :D (Feel free to correct me guys if you spot any errors)

That being said, there is one particular place where I just guessed at it's location. I read somewhere that the Hospital of the Knights of St. Lazarus (they were leper knights, so often times when Hospitaller or Templar knights got infected with leprosy they would join the Knights of St. Lazarus and continue the defense of the Holy Land that way :D) was within the walls of Jerusalem, somewhere between Tancred's Tower and St. Stephen's Gate (Damascus Gate). So I put it smack-dab in between. ;-) And I'm not really sure if the maps I was looking at for references were correct when they put the Hospital of St. Mary of the Germans (ie the Teutonic Knights) near the Temple Mount. Because they were centered more in Acre and started in 1190s. AFTER Saladin's capture of Jerusalem in 1187. So...I just dunno. I put it in there anyway. ^^;

Oh, and you know what? Drawing maps of biblical places REALLY gives you a much more informed perspective on what's going on in the Bible. And it's just cool to know where all of these places are. For example, I was surprised that Mt. Zion wasn't actually the Temple Mount. You might think it would be, but Mount Zion is actually a little southwest of it. :nod: And I always mixed up places in my head when imagining passages in the Gospels, so it's just nice for my brain to be set straight. :D

So, along the border, from the top on the left side going down: Saladin, Malik al-Harawi (with a banner that reads "Allah") and the Lady Maryam (Malik's love interest. ;-)) Along the right side running down are the Christians: King Baldwin IV (isn't he cute??!! :aww:), our favorite Templar Godfrey de Montferrat and Sibylla of Jerusalem (later Queen).

Godfrey is in here in three places. One I already mentioned. ;-) He's also in the bottom where that little shamelessly-ripped-off-the-Maciejowski/Morgan Bible- battle is going on down there. He's the Templar. With the arming cap. Yeah. I tried to make it obvious. ;-) He's also praying before the Holy Family above the map key.

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Other Crown of the World inspired pieces:

:bulletblack:The Crown of the World
:bulletred: Outremer: The Land Beyond the Sea
:bulletwhite: The Holy City: Jerusalem

:bulletred:25 Expressions: Godfrey de Montferrat
:bulletwhite:Malik, Godfrey and Jacques sketch
:bulletblack:Oh Godfrey
:bulletred:Poor Jacques
:bulletwhite:An (almost) Friendless Templar
:bulletblack:A Serenading Saracen
:bulletred:Godfrey meets Baldwin IV
:bulletwhite:Well, this is awkward
:bulletblack:A Beef with Gerard de Ridefort
:bulletred:Godfrey's Singing
:bulletwhite:Dreams of Chivalry
:bulletblack:Dormez-vous?
:bulletred:Godfrey and Baldwin-Calvin and Hobbes Style
:bulletwhite:Godfrey de Montferrat, Knight of the Temple
:bulletblack:Boys will be Boys
:bulletred: Drinking Buddies
:bulletwhite:What do you do with a Drunken Templar?
:bulletblack:Chibi Godfrey
:bulletred: The Templar's Adoration

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:icongt-illustrator:
GT-Illustrator Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) amazing work shady :thumbsup:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmeadea:
MEaDEA Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
AMASING! Great great job!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :iconilikeitplz:
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Patriarch2 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Nice map. It's beautiful...
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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MorriganXWarden Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thanks dude, now I know where I can plant my siege towers, come on Templars!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahh, I could've told you that. ;-) [link]
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bondmartini Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I´m a enthusiast fan of your work!! your maps is the most beautiful thing that I saw in 900 years except some girls... jejejeje... :eyes:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, thank you! I'm glad you like it! :D
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maxridefangirl Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Oh. My. Goodness. Beautiful and accurate. Right on!
I'm so adding this to my favorites.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it! :glomp:
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:iconlordgood:
LordGood Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing, the details on this thing are astounding! You even got the arrow loops on the little merlons :meow:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:

Yep! Heheheh, medieval minitures are fun to do (especially miniture medieval architecture and castles. ;-))
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:iconw-lupus:
W-Lupus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011   Writer
Again wonderfully authentic details - this is brilliant, probably one of the best things I've seen on dA. Twelve hours well spent.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again, thank you so much! :hug: :glomp: That means a lot to me! :iconiloveitplz:
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:iconw-lupus:
W-Lupus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011   Writer
You're welcome
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:iconandrewscrolls:
AndrewScrolls Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply AMAZING! You're definitely a perfect Cartografist CONGRATULATIONS
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! THANK YOU!!! :aww: :glomp:
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:iconalbuin:
Albuin Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an amazing. work. I'd like to feature this in my club. One can truly see the time and love you put into this one. :)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :iconimhappyplz:

Sure, I'd be honored! :D
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:iconalbuin:
Albuin Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The deed is done. IT's already there. :)
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manwith0name Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, very nice!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very kindly! ^^ :D
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manwith0name Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're quite welcome!
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MadaiTalmai Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Ahh Jerusalem, how I long to make a pilgrimage to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the most sacred and holiest site in all of Christendom. But sadly I'm still saving my money though, but hey I'm still praying. :pray: Anyway awesome job! :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod: TOTALLY the same. I would absolutely love to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem someday. *sighs wistfully* :D

Thank you kindly! ^^
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MadaiTalmai Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
No prob. :)
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elavoria Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, and I thought your previous map was super amazing! :XD: I love the insane amount of detailing, as usual, and I definitely don't look at it and scream, "FROOT LOOPS!" Hahaha. There's so much to look at, but I don't think it's overcrowded. Also, I love the figures along the sides, especially the ladies' dress folds. They're so pretties. And Gah-fwee's [yes I told you I was going to call him that!] arming cap at the bottom made me laugh. :meow: Gotta love that good old arming cap. ;)
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww, shucks!! :meow:

The ladies' dresses were very fun to draw. :D Actually, I just liked making all of the little figures on the sides, and the clothing folds were loads of fun to do. :nod:

GAH-FWEE!!!! :iconiloveitplz:

Yep. :aww: Faithful ol' arming cap. :D
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elavoria Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D :tighthug:
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Akuru-Kougasaki Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Dude! Jerusalem is the heart of the world!! It looks almost exactly like a heart! ventricles shape arteries...everything!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed! She is the pole of the earth. I had never before thought of Jerusalem as being shaped like a heart but you're right! :nod: :D
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Akuru-Kougasaki Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
lol thanks ^_^ I just realized it when I observed for a few seconds.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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Akuru-Kougasaki Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
lol ^_^
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't believe I didn't know about the Knights of St. Lazarus! They sound SO AWESOME!!!
Baldwin in armor! Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! :giggle:
Your effort is absolutely amazing.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! ^^ :hug:

Yeah, I first heard of them as I was browsing images on dA and I saw a picture of them. I later stumbled across them again, but yeah, very interesting order. :nod:

What can I say? I just love Baldwin. :meow: :aww: And I'm sure you shall see more of him. ;-)
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Susan-Delgado Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011   Writer
What can I say? I just love Baldwin.

a woman after my own heart
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconilikeitplz:
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:iconfirefiriel:
FireFiriel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll definitely have to look into them more!

:love: Baldwin should so be canonized.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He should be! I love the dear little boy. :aww: :w00t!:
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed! Probably won't be in our lifetimes, because the crusades are considered "bad PR." sigh.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which is a pity. :( The Crusades are awesome! :w00t!: Everyone's just been so horribly maligned by the politically correct media. Actually, I'm going to write a speech on the Crusades for my speech class to show why the Crusades weren't just a bunch of religious wackos out on an imperialistic high. :roll:
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes! Good for you! :w00t:
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Wolfblade670 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You really do some excellent work.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why, thank you!!! :aww:
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Susan-Delgado Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   Writer
i could tell the very street where i lived in jlem, its the same street on your map :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Very cool. :D One of the main roads then? ;-)
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Susan-Delgado Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Writer
you go in Damascus/St. Stephen's gate and the second to the left. my homestreet for 1 year
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