21 December 2021

The history of the Catholic parish of Bethlehem at the heart of the Terra Sancta Museum

You all know Bethlehem, the Nativity, its grotto and its star, where you have perhaps been able pray while on a pilgrimage in the Holy Land. But did you know that in the shadow of this shrine there ..

9 December 2021

Eyad Handal : « I felt really proud because they’re protecting objects and artefacts from our heritage, from this land. »

The Terra Sancta Museum aims to present the Christian heritage of the Holy Land and will exhibit rare collections of art produced locally. The portrait of a young Palestinian historian: a look at the ..

10 November 2021

The Holy Land review celebrates 100 years of Christian history

It is about to celebrate its 100th birthday and yet many faithful and people passionate about the Holy Land do not know it. What are we talking about? The magazine of the Franciscans of the Holy ..

1 November 2021

The restoration of the pharmacy of St Saviour, an activity in the heart of the museum

Previously on display in the old museum of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF), in the convent of the Flagellation in Jerusalem, the pharmacy was withdrawn from display in 2013 when work first ..

27 September 2021

Painting for the Holy Land : Giacomo Martinetti and The pilgrims of Emmaus

A native of Switzerland but naturalized Italian, Giacomo Martinetti was born in 1842 in Barbengo, in the Ticino canton in southern Switzerland. The descendant of a wealthy family which had made its ..

17 September 2021

"His Majesty the King of Portugal for the Very Holy Sepulchre of Our Lord” (Register of the Condotte)

The Portuguese princes, as shown by their numerous gifts to the Franciscans of the Custody, were no exception to the rule that every Catholic sovereign had a particular relationship with the land of ..

30 August 2021

Green, white, red, black, … How to understand the colours of the Roman Catholic liturgy?

Who has never wondered, during the liturgy, what made the priests and their assistants wear different colours throughout the year ? Green, white, red, black, violet, pink and even blue and yellow ..

24 June 2021

Sixth anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Terra Sancta Museum

Today, six years after the first stone of the Terra Sancta Museum was laid, we publish the speech given at the Convent of the Flagellation by the then Custos, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, today Latin ..

8 May 2021

Visiting the Terra Sancta Museum to recognize yourself in the story of the Revelation: the archaeological collections of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum

Daniela Massara, curator of the Terra Sancta Museum, tells us about her experience in the Holy Land, her meeting with the great masters of the Studium Biblicum and the importance of the museum’s archaeological collections

21 February 2021

Presentation of the new archaeological finds at Gethsemane

A ritual bath of 2000 years ago and the remains of a church from the Byzantine period; these are some of the most important archaeological finds from the excavations carried out in the Kidron Valley, at the foot of the church of the Gethsemane in Jerusalem.

15 February 2021

The liturgy, the desire to live the Mystery

Jacques Charles-Gaffiot, a historian and member of the Scientific Committee of the Terra Sancta Museum, has been appointed to design a teaching room for the museum on the customs and importance of the liturgy for the Catholic Church.

6 February 2021

The Terra Sancta Museum pays tribute to the Commissars of the Holy Land

The Terra Sancta Museum joins the celebrations for the commissars of the Holy Land and looks back at these figures who were so essential in sending liturgical objects to Jerusalem.