a wooden model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, decorated with ivory and mother of pearl inlay.

Model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Olive wood with ivory and mother-of-pearl inlay
17th century

Gift of the Hon. Richard Fremantle

Jerusalem continues to be a very important city to many faiths. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, at the centre of the old city, includes the site of Christ’s crucifixion, and is a centre of Christian pilgrimage. Models such as this were produced as expensive tourist souvenirs. The model comes to pieces, revealing the architectural details of the building.

If you would like to learn more about this model of the Holy Sepulchre, or the other two (LDOSJ 3033 and LDOSJ 3035) in the Museum’s collection, you can search for these objects and more on the Bearers of the Cross website.

You can also read more about the origins and history of these fascinating models in this essay by Dr Rosie Weetch, and explore a model in greater detail in this video.



The Museum of the Order of St John would like to thank all those who have supported and continue to support its work. In particular, the Museum would like to thank the following for their generosity: