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In 586 BCE, the city of Jerusalem fell to the Babylonian army. Its destruction triggered significant changes in the intellectual, cultural, religious and political identities of the people associated with the city, with effects that continue down to the present. This exhibition explores how Jerusalem, a small Iron Age city state, became the world's religious capital and an ethereal symbol of the imagination.

Featured: Tablet mentioning Nabû-šarussu-ūkin (Nebusarsekim), the Chief Eunuch of Nebuchadnezzar II from the collection The City Destroyed

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The Ancient City: Religious Diversity

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The Ancient City: The Public Sphere

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The Ancient City: The Domestic Sphere

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Imaginations: The Modern City

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Imaginations: The Temple

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The City Destroyed

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Imaginations: The City as Destination

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Imaginations: The Heavenly City

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