April 2013

The Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre on display in Paris

A unique and priceless exhibition, entitled “Trésor du Saint-Sépulcre. Présents des cours royales européennes à Jérusalem” (Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre. Gifts of the European royal courts to Jerusalem), will be held from 16 April to 14 July at the Palace of Versailles near Paris. Many of the pieces displayed in this unprecedented exhibition will form the kernel of the new Terra Sancta Museum which the Custody of the Holy Land plans to inaugurate in 2015, and for which ATS pro Terra Sancta is currently monitoring the project and the promotion.

The following news account, which appeared in numerous French and international newspapers, is taken from the site Terrasanta.net:

This is a particular event: for the first time 250 “unknown” masterpieces that were sent to Jerusalem over the centuries are on display in one place. They are offered to the public for three months by the Friars Minor of the Custody of the Holy Land, who still use many of these precious implements at the most solemn celebrations in the basilica which encloses the Calvary and the empty tomb of our Risen Lord.

The pieces are sumptuous chalices, crucifixes, lamps, candelabra, ciboria and liturgical vestments given by European sovereigns as a mark of devotion to the Saviour, but also to assert the power of their lineage and nation.

The works will be displayed according to their origin – in particular from the Holy Roman Empire, the kingdoms of Spain, France and Portugal, the Republic of Genoa – showing how the European court rivalled in generosity.

Open every day, except Monday, from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., the exhibition is organized in collaboration with the General Council of the Hauts-de-Seine Department and also has a second venue: the House of Chateaubriand, in Châtenay-Malabry. Here the public will be  able to admire nine pictures, also belonging to the Custody of the Holy Land.

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