Imperial Empresses of Jerusalem (*Tour in Hebrew)

Friday  |  November 29  |  10:00 am

Masa Tour Series – The People, Communities, and Places in Byzantine Jerusalem

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A tour focusing on the women who shaped Byzantine Jerusalem: St. Helena is Helena Augusta, the mother of Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor who converted to Christianity. Christian mythology positions Helena as the first pilgrim to come to Jerusalem and credits her with discovering the Crist crucifixion site and the construction of the Holy Sepulcher on it. Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire, who was a theater actor until her marriage the man who later became the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire. Through her marriage and status, she became vastly influential in the Empire. Miriam, the mother of Jesus in whose honor the magnificent Zion Church was built and lastly Aelia Eudocia, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire who built the walls of Jerusalem.

We will visits the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mt. Zion, the Cardo and the remains of the New Church of the Theotokos (Nea) and tells the stories of these women who worked in the leadership and the clergy during a time where those roles were dominated by men. It also details these women’s contributions to the architectural traditions in Byzantine Jerusalem.

The tour visits the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mount Zion, the Cardo and the remains of the Heath Church. Telling the incredible story of the women who worked in the leadership and religious spheres that were reserved for men, and examine the architectural heritage of Byzantine Jerusalem through their work and contribution to the city.

Guide:  Aviv Herzlich

Tour Duration: 3 hours

Cost: 90 NIS / 80 NIS

  • Reserve your spot in advance
  • Meeting spot will be sent to you upon completion of the ordering process
  • Hebrew tour