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Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Hebron: Photo 9

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Deep along the qussebah, there's an opening in the massed buildings. A pedestrian hardly recognizes it, because the shops continue to form a solid wall. From above, however, the opening is very clear. Its origin isn't. Some say that it's leftover from the bombardment the city suffered in the 1830s, when the Egyptians briefly seized control of Palestine. In any event, it provides a glimpse of the buildings that sheath the axis of the qussebah. The domed roofs and arched windows are characteristic of the city and indeed account for the colloquial name, Qantara, "arches." The strikingly clean land in the clearing is the result of rehabilitation works; a year before this picture was taken, the same land was a garbage dump.

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