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The external architecture of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The first church of the Holy Sepulchre built by the Emperor Constantine was dedicated in the year 328 AD. It was accessed off one of Jerusalem’s main thoroughfares, the Cardo. The entrance led to a narthex, the basilica, an atrium and culminated with the Anastasis (or Resurrection) Rotunda that surrounded the much smaller edifice of Christ’s Tomb. Unfortunately, very little of this church now remains. The Late Antique foundations exist below ground level of the current church and are cut off from public view. Throughout its history, the church has undergone many remodelling and rebuilding programmes, much of which was caused by its turbulent history during the Persian invasion in the seventh century and the Muslim conquest of the city in the eleventh century. Much of the visible external architecture dates to the Crusader period.

Creator

Lucy O'Connor

Date of Visit

1st July to 8th August 2013
10th October to 6th November 2014

Contributor

Lucy O'Connor

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Metadata and all media released under Creative CommonsCreative Commons BY-NC-SA unless otherwise indicated

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Architecture

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Citation

Lucy O'Connor, “The external architecture of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed December 17, 2018, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/212.

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