The Colony began as a hostel in Jerusalem in 1902
during the Ottoman empire. Later on it became a
hotel on the advice of Baron Von Ustinov. The
history of the colony is inextricably linked to
the history of the city itself. It was here in
room 16 that the secret talks leading to Oslo
accords were held. Over the years the hotel
became a place where Christians, Jews and Arabs
could sit together in peace, away from the
tensions of the violent city. Producer Mandy Cunningham of the BBC presents The Colony, as part of our international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.
The Colony was presented by Mandy Cunningham, and produced by Gillian Gray of the BBC World Service. It originally aired as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.
Old City of Jerusalem
View photos and learn about the holiest sites in this
History of Conflict
The BBC offers this timeline of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, complete with maps, photographs and archived sound and video footage.
Information on events and celebrations in the holy city.
The American Colony
Take a virtual tour of The Colony at the official site for this hotel and learn more about its history.
The Holy Land: Guide to the Archaeological Sites and Historical Monuments
by: Fabio Bourbon, Enrico Lavagno, Elena Tagliabo' (Illustrator), Richard Pierce (Translator) 2004
An illustrated guide to the historical and acheological wonders of the holy city of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.
Beggar in Jerusalem
by: Elie Wiesel 1997
A holocaust survivor travels to Jerusalem after the Six Day War to face his history in this Nobel-Prize winning novel.
by: Amy Wilentz 2002
This first novel by award-winning journalist Amy Wilentz explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a personal level through the story of a young Palestinian mother's attempt to cross into Jerusalem and the Israeli guard who is ordered to stop her.
Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths
by: Karen Armstrong 1997
Armstrong illustrates how Jerusalem became a holy symbol for the world's three major monotheistic religions by outlining the physical history of the city and the development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.