Bible Archaeology

Crusader Period Hospital Uncovered in Jerusalem

Discovery News:

A huge building which during the Crusader period was the largest hospital in the Middle East has been discovered in the heart of Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Monday.

Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the 1,000-year-old hospital was identified following a decade-long reconstruction operation.

“Until a decade or so ago the building served as a bustling and crowded fruit and vegetable market. Since then it stood there desolate,” the IAA said in a statement.

According to Renee Forestany and Amit Re’em, the IAA excavation directors, the structure, only a small part of which was unearthed in the excavation, spread out over more than 150,000 square feet.

It featured massive pillars, ribbed vaults, rooms, smaller halls and ceilings as high as 20 feet.

The hospital was established between 1099 and 1291, with permission from the Muslim authorities, by a Christian military order called the Kinghts Hospitaller. Its members vowed to care for pilgrims who came to Jerusalem to die.

“We’ve learned about the hospital from contemporary historical documents, most of which are written in Latin,” Re’em and Forestany said.

The accounts mentioned a sophisticated structure that was “as large and as organized as a modern hospital,” the archaeologists said…

Rest here.

The IAA report with more photos is here.

The Jerusalem Post also covers the news.


3 thoughts on “Crusader Period Hospital Uncovered in Jerusalem

    1. But did not Jesus put this “last real enemy” under HIS Feet? Is this not why St. Francis of Assisi could say: “fear only the second death which can kill the Soul”; then in the end said “welcome sister Death”!

      1. Sadly, I see people die almost weekly, and even sometimes daily, as a hospital chaplain. And even Christians die in much pain and suffering sometimes. So death & dying is not really an idealism to me, though we can look at and read St. Paul in 1 Cor. 15: 26-27 ; 55-57. Actually here in 1 Cor. 15: 22 thru 28, it is looking and speaking about that eschatological reality when Christ does come, each “in his own order” (verse 23). Note too Paul talks in verse 31 about dying daily ‘In Christ Jesus’, in this fallen world and life.

        I actually have an old bio of St. Francis of Assi , he was of course a great soul, but in reality “the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.” (Rom. 8: 22)

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