A portable model showing Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, made for a travel exhibition

A portable model showing Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, made to travel in a suitcase, today exhibited at Christ Church.

Schick also specialized in the making of meticulous models telling various aspects of Jerusalem’s past and present. On directives from the Turkish authorities he made models of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Temple Mount.

His models were shown in Jerusalem but also at the World Exhibition in Vienna 1873 and at the World Fair of St. Louis 1904. They were sold to Russia, Switzerland, England and Germany. Some models were made to travel around in a suitcase, some models had changeable parts, that showed changes through time – like a modern PowerPoint presentation.

The Swedish catalogue at the Vienna World Fair 1873 wrote “Till en reliefkarta över Jerusalem sluter sig en modell över Haram es sherif, den muhamedanska mosken i denna stad”.

The models reflect different times, some the Jewish Temples, while others shows the city at the time of Jesus. All together there are more than 15 models made by Schick and copies of these.

As Schick was skilled at working with topography he used this in models, this also caused many European archaeologists that came to Jerusalem to ask him join them in there projects. By the time he then developed a personal interest in archaeology and even got a great knowledge in archaeology.

His first model showed the Jewish Tabernacle and was made while he still lived in Basel. While in Jerusalem and working with the House of Industry he was asked to make a model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. As the Crimean war was over, many religious leaders of different nations wanted to unite and restore this common Church in Jerusalem. Schick, a German and beside the conflict, was then asked to make this model together with his students, in order to show the complexity of the Church for those who was set to decide about the renovation. The model, made in movable parts and colour-coded, served as a visual aid to whose set to decide.

At the age of 60 he build his own house – Beit Tavor. One of the models now exhibited at Schmidt’s Girl School is said to have been shown to the people of Jerusalem in his newly build house, maybe in the library, and a great number of interested visited the house.


2 Responses to “Models”

  1. Christian Lederer Says:

    Where are Conrad Schick´s models of Jerusalem and the temple today?

  2. uffepeter Says:

    There are models made by Conrad Schick at:
    * Christ Church, Jerusalem. They have a nice exhibition.
    * Smith Girl school, Jerusalem. Ask for the key to the exhibition one stair down.
    * Chrischona Pilgermission, Basel.
    * Maybee there are models at the Bijbels Museum in Amsterdam.

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