Museum: friars present 'Terra Sancta' Museum in Jerusalem

Opening in the Old City in 2015

21 May, 19:17

    (ANSAmed) - MILAN, MAY 21 - The world's sole museum dedicated to the origins of Christianity, the 'Terra Sancta Museum', will open in 2015 in the Old City of Jerusalem, organizers told reporters at a press launch here on Tuesday. Already been two years in the planning by international architects and museum experts, the museum is the brainchild of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, which are the Custodians of the Holy Land with the Catholic pope's approval. The museum is intended to exhibit the accumulated historical, archeological and cultural wealth of this Order, which has been in the Holy Land for eight centuries.

    The museum will be divided into Archeological, Multimedia, and Historical sections distributed over the existing Convent of the Flagellation and the Convent of San Salvatore, not far from the main destinations of pilgrims from the world's three main monotheistic religions. These are the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall, and the Dome of the Rock. ''Teaching the world about the history of Christianity in the Holy Land is the key to preserving consciousness of our roots, contributing to the unity of the human family and spreading a message of peace'', Friar Renato Beretta told reporters.


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