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The Lintels of the Holy Sepulchre, 12th century

Marble Screen

Lintel 1

Lintel 2

Lintel 3

The lintels were carved from thin marble plaques during the second half of 12th century. They depict scenes from the life of Jesus. The Crusader capitals are from Nazareth.

At the top is the eastern lintel that stood over the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Carved from marble in the Romanesque style, it depicts the snares that entangle the sinner.

A marble screen from a lintel in the façade of the Crusader Church of the Holy Sepulcher depicts a structure. Above the heads, at the intersection of the two curved moldings, is a cone-shaped cupola topped by a knob; open arches are visible below the cupola. The structure resembles the domed superstructure of Jesus’ tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Yadin, Yigael, ed. Jerusalem Revealed; Archaeology in the Holy City 1968-1974, Israel Exploration Society, Jerusalem, 1975., p. 111-113.

Rockefeller Museum

Kochav, Sarah, Israel; Splendours of the Holy Land. Bnei-Brak- Steimatzky, 1995.

See also-

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 325 CE

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