The Historical Archive of the Custody of the Holy Land

Terra Sancta Monastery, Jerusalem
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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
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