Franciscans Open a Unique Museum in Jerusalem

The Terra Sancta Museum is the world’s first museum dedicated to the roots of Christianity and the preservation of the Holy Places. The museum is an initiative of the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land, who for more than 800 years have safeguarded the Holy Places.

The Terra Sancta Museum is being built in two Franciscan buildings of the Custody of the Holy Land, the Monastery of the Flagellation and the St. Saviour Monastery. These monasteries, which have very old parts dating back to roman, byzantine and crusader periods, are located at short distance to one another and are also very near to the main pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Jerusalem (Esplanade of the Mosques, the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa and the Holy Sepulchre).

The museum will cover a surface area of 2,573 square meters. It will be comprised of three main exhibitions: Multimedia – Jerusalem and the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross): from Herod to present day; Archaeology –  The evangelical sites of the Holy Land; History – The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

Discover more on the museum’s website: www.terrasanctamuseum.org