Collection: Faces of the World

Portrait of a Rabbi in Jerusalem.

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A Jewish man prays on top of the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem as the sun comes up.

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A man plays violin for passing tourist and locals inside the Jewish Quarter of Old Town Jerusalem in hopes of gathering some money. The man is from Michigan but has recently moved to live in Jerusalem.

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Schoolgirls in uniforms leave a Muslim school outside the Old Town walls of Jerusalem.

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Portrait of a woman at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church is built around what is believed to be the site where Jesus was crucified and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is an important pilgrimage destination and thousands visit every day.

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Portrait of a Jewish man at the Western Wall, also known as the ‘Wailing Wall,’ by outsiders because Jews gather here to mourn the loss of their temple that sits on the other side of the wall. The wall is a permanent place of worship for Jews and is their holiest site for prayer. The Western Wall Plaza, the large open area that faces the Western Wall, functions as an open-air synagogue that can accommodate thousands of worshipers.

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A woman reads and recites prayers over a grave. According to Islamic tradition, it is recommended that a living plant or herbs be placed on top of or next to the grave to improve the deceased’s state on the morning of Eid al-Fitr. Eid is a three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan in the Muslim faith. It is a time to celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy. The first morning, families visit the graveside of relatives and then go to pray.

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Portrait of young Syrian boys in Damascus, Syria.

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Two women wearing niqabs, veils worn by Muslim women that cover all of the face except the eyes, talk as one holds her child.

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Women walk down a street in Damascus, Syria, wearing hijabs, veil Muslim women wear.

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Women wearing niqabs, veils worn by Muslim women that cover all of the face except the eyes, walk down the road in Damascus, Syria.

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Women walk down the streets of the market area in Old City Damascus in Damascus, Syria.

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Portrait of a man in the Old City Damascus market in Damascus, Syria.

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A father holds his daughter just outside the walls of Old City Damascus in Damascus, Syria, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.

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Orthodox Christians worship as the morning sunlight and smoke from incense used during worship fills one of the Orthodox churches in Old City Damascus during a Sunday service. Old City Damascus is an area within the larger city of Damascus, Syria, and is a mixture of Christian and Muslims living and worshiping in a very small area of town.

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Portrait of a woman praying in an Orthodox Church in Old City Damascus during a Sunday service. Old Damascus is an area within the larger city of Damascus, Syria, and is a mixture of Christian and Muslims living and worshiping in a very small area of town.

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A woman looks through a partition in a mosque in Syria.

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A woman prays at Zaynab bint Ali’s tomb at the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque in Sayyidah Zaynab, Syria. Zaynab bint Ali, was the granddaughter of Muhammed and is venerated as a saint by Shia Muslims.

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A woman prays inside the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque in Sayyidah Zaynab, Syria. The mosque houses the tomb of Zaynab bint Ali, the granddaughter of Muhammed. Women are kept on one side and men on the other, except during prayer time when the hall is too busy. Worshipers also pray at Zaynab bint Ali’s tomb, read the Quran and weep for the Shia saint.

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A boy reads the Quran in the Umayyad Mosque that sits in the heart of the ancient city of Damascus, Syria. The sacred spot where the mosque was built has served as a place of worship for over three millennia. Temples, mosques and churches have all been built on this site and later destroyed as different rulers came into power. In the late fourth century, a church dedicated to John the Baptist was built in place of a massive temple to Jupiter that was built by the Romans in the first century A.D. Inside the present-day mosque is a shrine of John the Baptist, Prophet Yahia to Muslims, where tradition holds that the head of John is buried.

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