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About the founder, Dr Christopher Longhurst S.T.D.

May 4, 2013

Christopher Evan Longhurst has lived in Rome since 1997 where his passion for art, architecture, history and religion brought to study. He received the Sacrae Theologie Doctoratus (Doctorate in Theology) summa cum laude from the Angelicum University, Rome, in April 2009, with a specialization is theological aesthetics. His dissertation was titled Dire Dio nell’arte: Riflessioni teologiche sulla pittura contemporanea, Eng. trans.: “To Speak of God in Art: Theological reflections on contemporary painting.” He currently works as a docent (operatore didattico) at the Vatican Museums, and occasionally teaches short courses at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Jerusalem: Religious Architecture through the Ages

June 6, 2009

This itinerary surveys the historical architecture in Jerusalem’s Old City and reveals its continuity and survival despite the ravages of time, war, schism, earthquake and fire.

Many of the churches, monasteries, mosques and shrines that we visit mark sites associated with the formative stages of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, along with the life and religious practices of the Jewish people, the public ministry of Jesus and his apostles in Jerusalem, and the subsequent transformation under Muslim rule.  Even in later centuries, the design of the buildings that we see commemorate the religious traditions of individual communities.

We will see Herodian and even Hasmonean stones in buildings of Byzantine, early-Islamic and Crusader periods.

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