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Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Early sources reveal that Constantine’s church of the Holy Sepulchre was sumptuously decorated with fine marbled panels, columns and a coffered ceiling. A cross was set up on the rock of Golgotha to commemorate the exact site of the Crucifixion and was replaced over the following centuries with one decorated with gems, a golden cross and a simple wooden one in the seventh century. Christ’s tomb was in two parts: the first a porch that contained part of the stone that formed the door to the tomb and the second the tomb itself. It had a roof of silver and gold, outer walls made of marble and it was topped with a cross.

The modern church has been significantly modified and little of the Late Antique fabric has survived as much of it was rebuilt in the nineteenth and twentieth century following a fire and an earthquake that caused much damage.

Creator

Lucy O'Connor

Date of Visit

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

Contributor

Lucy O'Connor

Rights

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, “Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed November 19, 2017, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/213.

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