Jerusalem was an enormous attraction that covered 11 acres, and
included 22 streets and 300 buildings and stalls.
Just like Jerusalem, shop keepers lived above their shop and stalls.
The two hotels on the Street of David named- Central Hotel and
Grand New Hotel housed 500 people which were mostly officials,
managers and concessionaires of the Jerusalem exhibit.
In the northwestern section of the huge attraction, visitors could gaze at articulately crafted reproductions areas of interest including The Garden of Gethsemane, the stable in which Jesus Christ was said to be born.
To the east, stood the Golden Gate, and close was a full-sized replica of The Mosque of Omar, where visitors could see inside, a replica of the rock on which
Mohammedans believe the prophet Mohamed ascended
Some of the other sites in the Jerusalem attraction:
Church of the Holy Virgin
Gate of St. Stephen
St. John’s Hospice
Temple of Solomon
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
A few of the Dioramas, murals and artworks depicted:
Mount of Olives
Valley of Hebron
The Dead Sea
The Mother of Christ
Over 1000 people from Jerusalem traveled to the United States to participate and work at this exhibit. A fairgoer could buy and haggle wares from merchants selling authentic silver and copper crafts as
well as a seeming unending supply of fine clothes, weavings and finery. They could hire a guide to escort them through the `Holy City,’ eat exotic fare or take a burro or camel excursion through the streets. Master craftsman would create their wares in front of the patrons.
On Oct. 29, 1904, Mick Azzi, a grocery vender was shot and killed by Nicola Saba, a guide in the Jerusalem concession, after they argued over who was the "King of the Gamblers."