By the Custody of the Holy Land:
The site, with enhanced graphics, offers numerous updated materials in four languages ― Italian, English, Spanish, French ― along with a rich selection of images and downloadable photos of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The contents, organized thematically in a simple and intuitive manner, will accompany visitors in their discovery and understanding of the single most important place in all Christianity.
One of the highlights of the site is the Virtual Photo Tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a fascinating tool which allows everyone to visit the church, entering into the architectural areas and the sacredness itself of the place. Using the player on the Home Page one can follow all the events of Easter 2012 in Jerusalem, thanks to the videos produced by the Franciscan Media Center. In addition, the news box allows one to always keep up to date on the latest news from the Custody and the Holy Land.
The unveiling of the site is the first stage of a larger Project for renovating the Internet sites of the Sanctuaries, a project designed to assist pilgrims coming to the Holy Land, as well as all those who are simply looking for information on the Sanctuaries.
THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE FOR EVERYONE
To see and touch the very places that were themselves touched and transformed by Christ’s presence is a desire shared by all Christians. Since the very beginning, Christians have come to the Holy Land to tread upon, and follow in, the footsteps of Jesus’ disciples.
The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, which has the responsibility for caring for the Sanctuaries and welcoming pilgrims, also wishes to accompany the faithful in their discovery and learning about the Holy Places via the Web. For this purpose, it is carrying out a Project for renovating the Internet sites of the Sanctuaries which today sees the launch of the first site, dedicated to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The numerous contents offered on the site move through the “History” of the church, from its original construction at the wish of Emperor Constantine to the present-day coexistence among the Christian communities that officiate at the Tomb.
One section is dedicated to a “Visit” of the facility, allowing the visitor to undergo a 360o learning experience by means of a virtual photo tour and the wide range of information provided. The heart of the site is the section dedicated to “Spirituality” which allows one to review the evangelical facts that lead to the “empty tomb” of the Risen One and the Christian memories safeguarded within the church.
Finally, a series of passages selected from the works of both ancient and modern pilgrims is provided in the section “Testimonies”.
During the course of the next quarter we will be launching sites for the sanctuaries of Capernaum, Gethsemane, the Nativity and the Annunciation.
You can visit the website here.