October 2013

The history of Jerusalem’s ancient Franciscan pharmacy

Speaking about the friars’ ancient pharmacy, Father Eugenio Alliata, the director of the Archaeological Museum of the  ‘Studium Biblicum Franciscanum’, says that “It was known as one of the best pharmacies in the Christian world, at a time when a system of hospitals had not yet been developed in these places”. Today, the collection of vases, which date from the end of the XVII century to the beginning of the XVIII century, is kept in the Archaeological Museum. In the future, it shall become part of the historical section of the new Terra Sancta Museum.

A testimony to the links between the Maritime Republics of Genoa and Venice, where these antique vases came from, and the Holy Land and the Fransicans, the history of this pharmacy also tells us of the important social endeavours that the Custody of the Holy Land has always practised in Jerusalem.


Video filmed by the Franciscan Media Center.

To learn more about the Holy Land Museum, which will hold the pharmacy’s collection of vases, along with other objects which tell the story of the Fransiscans’ presence in the Holy Land, please visit: www.terrasanctamuseum.org.

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