Terra Sancta Museum’s New Multimedia Wing at The Convent of Flagellation Along The Via Dolorosa in The Old City of Jerusalem
Terra Sancta Museum, dedicated to the roots of Christianity and preservation of the Holy Places, offers a new multimedia wing of the museum located along the Old City of Jerusalem’s Via Dolorosa at the Monastery of the Flagellation, the Biblical site associated with Antonia Fortress and the Praetorium of Pilate.
The multimedia experience is the first of three new wings of the Terra Sancta Museum renovation. The archaeological wing and collections are set to open at the end of 2017 with the historical wing planned for a future date.
The first section of the Terra Sancta Museum opened in 2016 in association with Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Custody of the Holy Land and Association Pro Terra Sancta. It offers an immersive multimedia experience that brings visitors back in time through the history of Jerusalem, beginning with the birth and life of Jesus through present day Christianity, and touching upon spirituality and religion through a historical-archaeological lens.
Visitors to the Terra Sancta Museum’s multimedia exhibition are transported to the time of King Herod, with vivid lights, sounds, narrative storytelling and animations depicting the dramatic events where the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus took place.
The 15-minute multimedia experience takes place in three stages, highlighting the archeological site of the Station of the Flagellation along the Via Dolorosa, as well as remains from the Herodian and Roman periods; the history of Jerusalem through its urban evolution, with a particular focus on the Christian holy sites along the Way of the Cross; and the worship of the Way of the Cross, evoking the voices of the ancient and modern Christian pilgrims who have visited Jerusalem’s holy sites for more than 14 centuries.
The Terra Sancta Museum’s multimedia experience is accessible near the Lion’s Gate (or St. Stephen’s Gate) within the complex of the Franciscan Convent of the Flagellation at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa. The Convent of the Flagellation is the second station on the Via Dolorosa and an important archaeological site as the location of Jesus’ condemnation and the seat of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, (the Department of Biblical Sciences and Archaeology of the Pontificia Universitas Antonianum in Rome).
Terra Sancta Museum stands at the forefront of historical Jerusalem, informing the world of the Christian presence in the Holy Land, encouraging a greater familiarity with the religion’s roots and contributing to the unity of the human family by sending a message of peace throughout the world.
The museum’s mission is to foster inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue through a modern and dynamic museum and cultural center, telling the story and history of Jerusalem, which for millennia has been home to the three major monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A center for mutual respect and understanding of Jerusalem’s various populations and intertwined religious significance.
The Terra Sancta Museum’s multimedia experience is a one-of-a-kind cultural and spiritual presentation lasting 15 minutes and is currently available in eight languages: Arabic, Hebrew, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The opening times are 9:oo a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from October to March and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from April to September.