The Historical Archive of the Custody of the Holy Land

Terra Sancta Monastery, Jerusalem
Project Description

The Terra Sancta Monastery houses 8,000 letters in Arabic sent between the Vatican and Islamic rulers of the Holy Land since the year 1290. Digitized by Ardon Bar-Hama, the letters illuminate seven centuries of the complex relationship between Christian and Muslim leaders. The Vatican has initiated a research project to translate and archive the documents.

Project Details
  • Client - Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land
  • Launch Date - 2008
  • Era - 14th - 16th Century CE