Relief of Jerusalem - Stefan Illés. 1864-73Your model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
1:500 model (18 sq. Meter) of Jerusalem, Made from molten and beaten zinc and hand-painted. Built for the Ottoman Pavilion at the 1873 Vienna World’s Fair. Based on Ordnance Survey of Jerusalem and additional research by Conrad Schick.
Stefan Illés was a Hungarian Catholic who lived in the city making a living from book binding. The scale model reflects the city under the later stages of Ottoman rule.
After the World Fair, it was displayed around Europe and purchased in 1878 by community leaders in Geneva where it was displayed for 40 years. In 1920 the building was leased by the League of Nations. The model was moved and soon forgotten. In 1985, Moti Yair of the Hebrew University came across a reference to it and with the help of some friends and a librarian from the Library of Geneva, the model was found in the library’s attic. Shortly afterwards it was decided to offer the model to Jerusalem on permanent loan. It is currently on exhibition at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem.