Projects in the Holy Land

Memory and Culture- Holy Sites

Conserving and promoting sanctuaries and archaeological sites, supporting studies of early Christianity and Biblical research, taking ca

ATS Pro Terra Sancta supports the projects of the Custody of the Holy Land in all areas of activity in which the Custody has traditionally been involved in the Holy Land in order to support the Christian population. These activities in the Holy Land can be performed only through generous donations to the Holy Land and the Christian population.



Capernaum – the city of Jesus in the Holy Land

A project to maintain Cafarnaum in the Holy Land

Capernaum, a village situated in the Holy Land, was abandoned in the 11th century, the circumstances of which remain unclear. The remains of Capernaum were not rediscovered until the 19th century. In 1893 the site in the Holy Land was acquired by Franciscans/Grey Friars. The excavations in Capernaum have revealed a lot about the everyday life in the small ancient town situated in the Holy Land. Besides numerous pots, coins and mosaics, the remains of several buildings were discovered in Capernaum, the town of Jesus in the Holy Land. A special highlight is a large synagogue of the 5th century; having been built over the remains of an even older one, where Jesus himself is believed to have taught in the Holy Land. The most significant finding for Christianity is the home of Apostle Peter, where Jesus might have spent quite some time or possibly even lived there himself. Before it was reconstructed as an octagonal church during Byzantine times, it had already been used as a place of worship by the first Christians. Thus the Early Church is rooted in the village of Capernaum.

Capernaum can be counted among the most important sites of Christianity in the Holy Land, especially for its beauty and spiritual meaning.

Project description and objectives in the Holy Land.

The project “Capernaum- the city of Jesus in the Holy Land” aims to conserve and restore the “town of Jesus in the Holy Land” as an archaeological and biblical site, bringing to bear its spiritual message. Christian pilgrims and tourists are greeted by derelict infrastructure and poor explanations, at present. Plans for a new concept of Capernaum, the town of Jesus, have already been drawn up, and are now awaiting implementation.

Capernaum’s site’s decayed entrance area is to get much-needed infrastructure, e.g. parking lots, lavatories and additional paths for an improved guide system and a small visitor centre with explanations of Capernaum’s historic and spiritual meaning. In order to bring a better understanding to the visitor, classical and multimedia based exhibits will be employed. Inter alia the display of the site’s archaeological findings and an educational trial with many new models.

Your support makes it possible to conserve and restore Capernaum’s pilgrimage site, so future generations will be able to experience the events which took place more then 2000 years ago in the town of Jesus in the Holy Land.



The new paving of Capernaum’s archaeological site

Capernaum: porphyry from Trento for the archaeological site of Jesus’ hometown

The new paving of Capernaum’s archaeological site, situated on the banks of Lake Tiberias is about to become a reality thanks to the donation of porphyry that was recently received from the province of Trento and the Albian (TN) construction workers syndicate.

2500 meters squared of “red gold” will be laid for the new flooring inside the renovated archaeological site, and will allow visitors and pilgrims to really immerse themselves in the archeological ruins of the birthplace of Christ.

Sponsored by ATS pro Terra Sancta, the Capernaum project is in need of a huge renovation. This work ties in with a cultural program launched by the Custody of the Holy Land, promoting a documented knowledge of the history of Christianity in the Holy Land and informing people about the experiences and work carried out by Franciscan Custody.

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