20th century Architecture of Jerusalem Churches
Antonio Barluzzi, an architect and devout Catholic, was sent to Israel/Palestine by his older brother in 1914 to design and build the Italian hospital and a church just north of the Old City. Barluzzi became so connected to the Holy Land that he spent his whole life in Jerusalem (the same has happened to some tourists). Barluzzi built more than a dozen churches in the Holy Land, each one a gem and on this tour you'll learn about them and see the ones in Jerusalem. Barluzzi was a very accomplished architect and sensitive to the history of the site where he built. It was important to him that the architecture he created evoke in the visitor the emotion and story that the church commemorates.
This is an opportunity to walk the streets of Jerusalem and experience the splendor of Barluzzi's creations. Many people feel moved at a spiritual/religious level.
Depending on time and interest we will see some of these Barluzzi churches:
Church at Italian hospital (exterior)
Church of Flagellation
Church of Agony
Franciscan chapel in Holy Sepulcher
The tour can be extended to include
Visitation church, Ein Kerem
Shepherd's Field, Bethlehem
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can meet you at your hotel or to save time at Jaffa gate.
End location: Clients often continue exploring the Old City on their own after the tour. I'm also happy to take you back to Jaffa gate.
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
Walking tour. If the tour is extended then we will take transportation to other site.
During the tour I share the religious and historical significance of the sites as well as the architecture.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 NIS - There are no entrance fees. You may want to buy a drink.
You can extend the duration of the tour and thereby see other Barluzzi churches.