Tombeau de la Vierge et grotte de l'agonie. - Tomb of the Virgin and cave of the agony. by Felix Bonfils ca. 1880. This is an original vintage Albumen print on a thin sheet of paper with sepia color and slightly glossy surface, signed in the negative (within a red circle). The Tomb of the Virgin is considered by Christians to be the burial place of Jesus's mother, Mary. The church, located in Jerusalem at the foot of the Mount of Olives, was originally built by the Byzantines in the fifth century, and was restored by the Crusaders. The relatively small door opens into a monumental stairway of forty-eight steps leading down into the Church, which is cut into the rock. Picture size: 28 X 22 cm (11 x 8.5 inches). This photograph is documented in the list of Felix Bonfils Photographs ("Die Provincia Arabia"), in the Department of Rare Books, Princeton University Library, Box 7, File 3, and Photograph No. 314. (http://libweb.princeton.edu/libraries/firestone/rbsc/aids/brunnow.html).