April 2012

A special visit to the Sabastiya project

On Thursday, April 19th thevillage ofSabastiya received a special guest: the archbishop of Krakow, S.E. Stanisław Dziwisz, who in fact went personally to visit the Palestinian town, accompanied by Father Jerzy Kraj ofm and by Carla Benelli, an ATS pro Terra Sancta collaborator.

After having visited the historic center of Sabastiya, its Crusaders’ chapels and the tomb of St. John the Baptist, and after having seen the new Guesthouse and assisted in the work that the boys are developing in the Mosaics Laboratory, the archbishop said he was “profoundly delighted” about the conservation and improvement work that is being carried forward in Sabastiya. “Continue on!” he said, referring to the project that ATS pro Terra Sancta is carrying out for a number of years, involving the local population as management and improving the historical and cultural heritage.

The group also paid a visit to the construction site- always open and visible to visitors that pass through the village- where work on the construction of the new conference room is steadily proceeding. At this moment the paving of the large Crusaders’ room in under way, that will be used for meetings, conferences, and large events.


[nggallery id=137]

share facebook twitter google pinterest print send
related stories

Story of Ruwaida, the ceramist in Nisf Jubeil (July 2017)

Rami from Nisf Jubeil (May 2017)

Ceramic art and a new guesthouse: giving a new hope to another village in Samaria (October 2015)

The only Christian family in Sebastia (September 2015)

Personality of the Month: Matilde, a master ceramist among the youth of Sabastiya and Nursf Jebeil (July 2015)

A ceramics course for Palestinian youth: from archaeological heritage to local development (April 2015)

Sabastiya: inauguration of the new guesthouse, under the sustainable tourism (October 2014)

Sabastiya, hospitality and tourism (May 2014)

“Work in progress” in the guesthouse at Sabastiya (April 2014)

The Italian Consulate in Jerusalem visit Sabastiya (March 2014)

New life for the Sabastiya guesthouse and the young people of the village (January 2014)

A book to tell the children of Sabastiya the story of their hometown (November 2012)

Sabastiya (November 2012)

A large number of visitors for the exhibition on Sabastiya in Crespellano, which continues until 30 September (September 2012)

Sabastiya awaits you… in Crespellano! (September 2012)

Sabastiya: the end of the Italian language course for the youth of the village celebrated with a party (August 2012)

An entrepreneur visit to the projects of the Holy Land (July 2012)

An important day for Sabastiya: the signing of an agreement to support the local authorities in managing projects to protect the cultural heritage (June 2012)

Italian ecology prize awarded to Carla Benelli, a member of the ATS pro Terra Sancta family (June 2012)

Many visitors going to Vicenza, to the discovery of Sabastiya (May 2012)