The aim of the research project on the Holy Sepulche of Jerusalem is the reconstruction of the history of the site related with the history of the City. The methodological approach is interdisciplinary and integrated.


The project includes:
Collecting, editing and recording of written historical sources;
Filing iconographic an photographic sources;
A bibliographic and thematic database;
A liturgical database providing manuscripts sources and links to on line collections;
Mapping of architectural copies of the Holy Sepulchre.

A survey on critical and historical problems about the Holy Sepulchre considered as liturgical heart of the whole Christianity, with specific attention to Late Antiquity and Middle Ages, is displayed in Renata Salvarani, Il Santo Sepolcro a Gerusalemme. Riti, testi e racconti tra Costantino e l’età delle crociate, Città del Vaticano (Libreria Editrice Vaticana) 2012.

A complete guidebook of the site is Renata Salvarani, The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.History and archaeology, Rodengo Saiano (BAMS).



The volume is an instrument for the visit and the deep knowledge on site of the entire complex. It’s divided in two chapters: an historical essay and a detailed description about both the main structure used today for the celebrations and the archaeological remains included in different building and underground spaces.
Maps, plans, reliefs and a complete photographic survey explain and contextualize the historical analysis, step by step.
A chronology and a scientific bibliography are also provided.




Jerusalem and Magdala June-July 2019

The program will developed in an international advanced research’s context directly on site, in the most important historical places related with Jesus and the Gospels in Jerusalem and Galilee.
Trough lectures, meetings with researchers, scholars and archaeologists, the participants will be introduced to the roots of the Christianity and to the heart of the relation between Judaism and Christianism from an historical point of view.
Workshops, forums and visits to museums and archaeological excavations are also scheduled, as living experiences of study and involvement in a discovering work in progress.

7. Overview of basic methodological problems of history and archaeology in the Bible Lands.
8. Introduction to the Gospels in an historical perspective.
9. Introduction to the history of Jerusalem and to its specific symbolic and religious plural identity.
10. Involvement in discussion on archaeological and cultural heritage enhancement, museum set up and visit organization.
11. Introduction to archaeological methods and problems.
12. Updating of knowledge and theories about the origins of the Christianity.

The Summer Schools Program consists of:

6 on line conferences (12 hours) - June 10-20:
Jesus in the history: the Gospels and other written sources
Historical and archaeological problems and methods
Jerusalem at the time of Jesus
Jerusalem in the Gospels
Christian memorial places
History, memory and devotion: the Christian pilgrimage.

Individual activities (8 hours) [written reports, maps, bibliographical researches, story telling]

July 9-16* [*Dates to be confirmed]
Visits and meetings (30 hours): Jerusalem Old City from the Ramparts walks and the Citadel; the Holy Sepulchre; the Via Dolorosa and the Terra Sacta Museum; the Temple Mount and its excavations; Israel Museum and Rockfeller Museum.
Archaelogical workshop in Magdala (12 hours).


1rst Day
Welcome cocktail at Notre Dame Jerusalem Centre
Introduction to the Course (Salvarani, Solana, Kelly)
Landscape and topography of Jerusalem – Living lesson from the top of the Notre Dame Jerusalem Centre (Steiner)

2nd Day
Jerusalem Old City from the Ramparts walks and the Citadel (Salvarani)
The Citadel Museum – Meeting with the Director and the research staff

3th Day
The Temple Mount and its escavations (Hebrew University/Israel Antiquity Authority)
Ophel and Davidic Jerusalem

4th Day
The Holy Sepulchre area (including Muristan, Alexandr Nevskij church excavations, Redeemer church and bell tower) (Salvarani)
Via Dolorosa and Terrasancta Museum (meeting with project leader Giovanni Tortelli)

5th Day
Rockfeller Museum (meeting with the Director and restorers team )

Interreligious forum
Jesus by Jew an Christian points of view (to define)

6th Day
Israel Museum (meeting with the research staff)
Mount of Olives (in cooperation with Israel Antiquity Authority)
The Sion (in cooperation with the Hebrew University)
The Cenacle

7th Day


Prof. Renata Salvarani
PhD Professor of History of Christianity
European University of Rome
via degli Aldobrandeschi 190 - 00163 Roma
Phone +39 347 2409363