Thursday 25 June the ceremony of the laying of the TERRA SANCTA MUSEUM foundation stone took place in the Old City of 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 first stone was blessed by fra Pierbattista Pizzaballa and placed atop the purple parchment, a symbolic document he signed and buried underneath the floor for future memory. The ceremony took place at the Lapidarium hall of the Monastery of the Flagellation in the Old City of Jerusalem, one of the coming sites of the Museum.