Terra Sancta Museum, Jerusalem

The Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land with ATS pro Terra Sancta and the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum are building the Terra Sancta Museum, the first museum in the world dedicated to the roots of Christianity and the preservation of the Holy Places.

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What is the Terra Sancta Museum

The museum is now under construction in the heart of the Holy City, and it will be comprised of three sections: multimedia, archaeology and history. It will be a permanent exhibition of archaeological relics and works of extraordinary historical and artistic value,which have been conserved by the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land through almost eight centuries in the Holy Places.

The Terra Sancta Museum will also be a dynamic cultural centre, which will foster intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, through the discovery of this land’s extraordinary history. Here you can find the Holy Places of the three biggest monotheist religions. Here, men and women of different populations have seen their destinies cross for millennia in a mysterious way.

Why a new museum

The Terra Sancta Museum will retrace the roots of Christianity and of this land, because this country has a history in which the Christian presence is evident, like that of Judaism and Islam, but needs to be exposed and made better known in an organic manner. Christians, although a tiny minority, have always been and still are today a living, rich cultural presence that has made an enormous contribution to building relationships, not only with the local population, but also with so many societies around the world. This reality is only now becoming known and being shared.” (Interview to Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos Emeritus of the Holy Land).

Support the Terra Sancta Museum

The Association pro Terra Sancta is collecting funds that are needed to build the Museum, which will be gradually opened between the end of 2015 and the end of 2017. Many donors from all over the world have already supported this project; but in order to complete it, we need more funds.

You can also donate in a loved one’s memory, in thanksgiving for a grace you received or to link the name of your family, a company or an institution to the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Browse the brochure for more information



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