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9 September 2019

Brief history of the ancient pharmacy of Saint Saviour in Jerusalem

Place of research, meeting and care.

26 August 2019

Working “to make history alive, tangible and understandable.” The fifth meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Terra Sancta Museum is fast approaching

The fifth meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Terra Sancta Museum is fast approaching.

21 August 2019

Behind the scenes of the management of an immense heritage: the digital database for the cultural heritage of the Custody of the Holy Land

When we enter a museum to admire its collections, we are often unaware of the hard work behind the objects we see on display. However, behind each label, there is a history of study, discoveries and, ..

19 August 2019

Art at the service of the liturgy: interview with Brother Jorge Barba, artist of the Custody of the Holy Land

Art and liturgy have been closely intertwined since the early years of the Church's birth. Even if, at certain moments, art history turns to “profane” subjects such as gender, landscape or ..

13 August 2019

The registers of conduits: “A gold mine for tracing the history of the museum’s collections!”

Preserved in the archives of the Custody of the Holy Land since the 17th century, the registers of conduits are now being transcribed. True historical treasures, they allow curators to immerse themselves in the history of the Franciscans and of the museum’s collections.

8 August 2019

A preview from the historical section of the Terra Sancta Museum: the Byzantine vestment of the Transfiguration

The Byzantine Vestment of the Transfiguration: an embroidered masterpiece from 1935. The expert Maria Pia Pettinau Vescina reveals its secrets in this article.

22 July 2019

Cataloging at the Terra Sancta Museum in Nazareth

Michele, an intern at the Cultural Heritage Office of the Custody of the Holy Land, tells us about his experience at the Terra Sancta Museum branch in Nazareth.

21 July 2019

Sandals, Beauty and Liturgy: the search for beauty in the sacristy of the Saint Saviour Monastery

The search for beauty in the sacristy of the Saint Saviour Monastery

17 July 2019

A museum at the service of education and peace

A museum that is not "just a research laboratory in archaeology" but a place that can "reveal common roots and identities, a knowledge that contributes to peace".

11 July 2019

Opportunities and challenges for a volunteer from the Terra Sancta Museum: cataloguing at Gethsemane

Michele Colaianni tells us about the cataloging at Gethsemane

5 July 2019

At the school of mother-of-pearl artisans in Bethlehem

Instituted by the Franciscans during the 16th century, mother-of-pearl craftsmanship has been revived in Bethlehem. Concerned about preserving and valuing this Christian and Palestinian cultural ..

25 June 2019

The Keys of a Work: the Sanctuary Lamp of the Austrian Empire

On the occasion of the exhibition "Jewelry making: Past and Present" at the Islamic Art Museum in Jerusalem, we present one of the objects that the Custody of the Holy Land lent for the exhibition.

21 June 2019

The gifts of Louis XIV offered to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

One of the most astonishing collections of French religious orfèverie, offered by Louis XIV to the Holy Land, has been preserved by the Franciscan Custody of Jerusalem since the 17th century. The ..

20 June 2019

A museum in a unique place: the Saint Saviour monastery

“The fact of being in the city and not outside the walls, as during the time of their first home on Mount Zion near the Cenacle, meant for the Franciscans a permanent and more regular contact with ..

13 June 2019

Spain and the Custody of the Holy Land

The Spanish presence in the Holy Land dates back to the 13th century, when Aragonese rulers arrived in Egypt to conclude agreements with the Mamluks to protect Christian sanctuaries and their ..

7 June 2019

When the relics of the Custody of the Holy Land manifest the philosophy of the Terra Sancta Museum

To venerate the relics of saints is to recognize the qualities of the latter, their testimony of faith in the name of Jesus, and their intense desire to imitate Him by imploring God through ..

29 May 2019

Story of the first inventory of art objects of Franciscan convents in Cyprus

Eleonora Musicco, a volunteer of ATS pro Terra Sancta in the Cultural Heritage Department of the Custody of the Holy Land and art historian, gives us the story of the first inventory of works of art ..

7 May 2019

The story of the reliquary used for the feast of the Invention of the Cross

This morning, the Holy Sepulcher celebrated the feast of the Invention of the Cross by St. Helena (from the Latin invenire: find). On this occasion, a reliquary in gold and precious stones of the ..

19 April 2019

Funeral of Christ: Franciscan Treasures of Good Friday

Today churches around the world celebrate and commemorate the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. Each year, on the very site where the historical events took place, in the Holy Sepulcher, a ceremony ..

12 April 2019

Go behind the scenes of the Terra Sancta Museum!

Passionate for the History of Art and the Holy Land, a team of volunteers of various nationalities worked for several months at the museum in order to inventory and to exhibit the exceptional ..

9 April 2019

Fundraising: When United Kingdom supports the Terra Sancta Museum in Jerusalem

Pro Terra Sancta UK hosted its launch event April 4th to raise funds to complete the new Terra Sancta museum in the old city of Jerusalem. The museum aims to “Build a bridge of ..

2 April 2019

A.Sakleh, carpenter in Bethlehem: "My armoires will house a treasure!"

An unusual hubbub reigns in the department of Cultural Goods at the Custody of the Holy Land. The coming and going of volunteers carrying liturgical vestments is mixed up with that of carpenters who ..

12 March 2019

Scientific Committee: Terra Sancta Museum receives its roadmap

From Monday 4th to Tuesday 5th March, the Scientific Committee - composed of directors of museums and art historians from all over the world - of the Terra Sancta Museum met in Paris for its fourth ..

7 March 2019

The Polish language arrives at the Terra Sancta Museum

On March 7 at the Monastery of the Flagellation in Jerusalem, in the spaces dedicated to the Terra Sancta Museum, the Polish version of the multimedia installation was opened. This initiative was ..

4 March 2019

The Treasury of the Holy Sepulchre unveils its collection of liturgical vestments.

Testaments to the dedication of Europe’s sovereigns to the Holy Land, the Custody’s liturgical vestments have attracted the interest of numerous art historians, whose study will help choose ..

26 February 2019

Reportage - From the "École du Louvre" to the Terra Sancta Museum

The collections of the Custody of the Holy Land attract every year more and more Art History students. This is the reason for the partnership with the École du Louvre, to send students who are ..

20 February 2019

A digital invitation to the Terra Sancta Museum!

The Terra Sancta Museum is most pleased to announce to you the release of its digital application, which will guide you during your visit to the museum! Thanks to our free wifi service, you can ..

30 January 2019

The Custody's collection attracts a foreign student

TERRASANCTAMUSEUM/MEETING. During a volunteer experience in the Department of Cultural Goods of the Holy Land, Carlotta Schiavon, a student in Art History, discovered the unique heritage of the ..

23 January 2019

Archaeological excavations : « These ceramics are a treasure of historical data”

TERRASANCTAMUSEUM/MEETING: Interview with Stefania Peluso, archaeologist at the Custody of the Holy Land, entrusted with the study of the ceramic collection, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, ..

17 January 2019

“Itinera ad loca sancta”: a catalogue of pilgrimages

Presentation of the catalogue of travel books in the Franciscan Libraries of Jerusalem The book “Itinera ad loca sancta. Travel books in the Franciscan Libraries of Jerusalem, Catalogue of the ..