Santiago de Compostela
DISCOVER ITS MAGIC
The Holy Land Museum is the only one of its kind in the world since it exhibits more than 700 items from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, all of which have been brought from the Holy Land (Jerusalem and its area of influence). The museum exhibition is divided into several sections by way of a journey through time. It shows the cultures and three monotheistic religions that coexist in the Holy Land, namely Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
It also features an educational exhibition on the Holy Shroud of Turin and the Monetarium, with coins from the Hellenistic period.
Gold and silver articles, ethnic ornaments, statues, historic recreations of temples and even military objects are many of the treasures awaiting visitors in this museum. The replica of the Star of Bethlehem captivates visitors that have touched the original.
The heart of the museum is an impressive model of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, made by Fray Bartolomé de las Heras between 1945 and 1950. It is a gem made of cypress wood from Gethsemane that reveals all the details inside the basilica.
There is also room for statues made of olive wood and mother-of-pearl. These were made by Bethlehem residents and depict Bible themes; two mother-of-pearl crosses stand out due to their beauty and history. Souvenirs made from these materials are available.
Santiago’s Convent of San Francisco has one of the best collections in the world, due to the Order of St. Francis’ role in guarding the Holy Sepulchre and the presence of numerous Galician monks in the holy sites. Starting in 1862, this convent was a school for Holy Land missionaries.
From Tuesday to Sunday
10.30 am to 1.30 pm and 4 to 7 pm
Group bookings: 981-581600 Holy Land Museum Director