Why a museum?

God’s chosen land

The Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land present TERRA SANCTA MUSEUM, located in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. There will be a permanent exhibition in discovering the history of the fascinating land, in which the fates of many peoples living together, in the Holy Places, from the three great monotheistic religions have been mysteriously intertwined.
The Bible, the most widely-read book in the world, recounts that in this strip of land, lying between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean coast, the divine plans intersected with the history of humanity; an apparently insignificant territory, in which God seems to have arranged a special rendezvous with man.
The TERRA SANCTA MUSEUM, through its exhibition of archaeological finds and works of extraordinary historical and artistic importance, will address the theme of Christian and Franciscan history in the Holy Land.



Why a museum?

Today, more than ever, it is of critical importance to let the whole world know the history of the Christian presence in the Holy Land: to foster a better understanding of our roots, to contribute to the unity of the “human family”, and to carry the message of peace to the world.
By opening to the public a modern museum center, the Franciscans of the Custody wish to enhance the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage preserved during the eight centuries they have been in these lands looking after the Places where Jesus lived.


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