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Arches of the Virgin

Holy Sepulchre church, Jerusalem, Israel

 

Passing through the north aisle, elements from earlier constructions can be distinguished. From the back wall, which dates from the original Constantinian complex, Byzantine columns and pillars from the Crusader transept stand out. On the wall itself holes can be seen, where the multi-colored marble that at one time adorned the building was attached. Five columns distinct from the others, smaller and with a rough exterior, form the socalled Arches of the Virgin, which commemorate the visits of the Mother of the Lord to the tomb of the Son. This memory was evidently considered to be authentic by the Crusaders, as this was the only part of Constantine’s Triportico they chose to preserve.

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Taken on April 14, 2015