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Franciscan Friary
St. Francis Str. 1
Jerusalem



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Recovering the Sanctuaries


  1218c
The Franciscans are at St. John of Acre. They abandon this, their first monastery, in 1291 when the Crusaders retreat from the city, the last remnant of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.

  1229c
The Franciscans establish themselves near the 5th Station of the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem during the truce (1129-1244) established between Frederick II and the Sultan of Egypt.

  1230
Pope Gregory IX (with the bull "Si Ordinis Fratrum Minorum") recommends the Franciscans and their activity to the Eastern Patriarchs and bishops.

  1250c
Franciscan monasteries are known to exist at Sidon and Tyre.

  1252
St. Louis IX, King of France, builds a Convent for the Franciscans at Jaffa for the Franciscans.

  1257
Pope Alexander IV with the papal Bull "Ex relatu" grants the same indulgences to the Franciscans of the Holy Land as those granted to the Cruasaders.

  1309
Document of Baybars II, Sultan of Egypt, allowing the "Brethren of the Cord (Franciscans) to establish themselves at the Cenacle, the Sepulchre, and in Bethlehem. This is the first document signed by the Moslem supreme authorities in favour of the Franciscans as "guardians of the Christian holy places". From that moment there was a steady increase in the number of such documents, together with acts of purchase, juridical decisions. friendly transactions etc.

  1323
Aragonese Franciscans, sent by James II of Aragon, serve at the Holy Sepulchre.


King of Naples Queen of Naples

  1333
Robert of Anjou and Sanchia of Majorca, rulers of Naples acquire from the Sultan of Egypt, the Cenacle and the surrounding property as well as permission for the Friars to live at the site and the right of residence and service at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  1335
Sanci of Majorca, Queen of Naples and Robert of Anjou build for the Franciscans the convent at the Cenacle.

  1342
Canonical erection of the Custody of the Holy Land by Pope Clement VI through the Papal Bulls "Gratias Agimus" and "Nuper Carissime".

  1347
Definitive occupation at the sanctuary of the Nativity at Bethlehem.

  1363
Thanks to Joan, Queen of Naples and Sicily, the Franciscans enter in possession of the Tomb of the Virgin in the Valley of Kidron (until 1757).

  1375
The Franciscans acquire the Milk's Grotto in Bethlehem.

  1392
The Franciscans obtain the right to celebrate services in the Grotto Gethsemane, north of the basilica of the Agony.

  1485
Ein Kerem: acquisition of the place of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. A church is built in 1621.

  1551
Expulsion from the friary at the Cenacle.

  1557
The Custody transfers its headquarters to the ex-Georgian convent of St. Saviour.

  1650c
The Franciscans acquire the Sanctuary of St. Peter in Tiberias.

  1620
The friars obtain definitive possession from the Druse Prince, Fakhr el-Din, of the ruins on the site of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

  1631
The Druse Prince Fakhr el-Din donates Mount Tabor with its ruins to the Franciscans.

  1641
Beginning of negotiations for acquiring Cana in Galilee, negotiations that are to ccontinue for two centuries.

  1661
Beginning of negotiations for the acquisition of Gethsemane.

  1666
The Custody acquire the area of the Garden of Gethsemane.

  1679
Acquisition of sanctuary of the St. John at Ein Kerem.

  1745
Acquisition of the Crusader ruins of the sanctuary of the Nutrition (St. Joseph) at Nazareth.

  1836
Acquisition of the sanctuary of the Flagellation in Jerusalem.

  1867
The chapel of St. Cleophas at Emmaus-Qubeibeh donated by the Marquesse Paoline Nicolay.

  1875
Acquisition of the Seventh Station of the Via Dolorosa.

  1878
Acquisition of the sanctuary of Naim.

  1879
Conclusion of negotiations for Cana of Galilee.

  1880
The Friars acquire the sanctuary of Bethphage.

  1889
Acquisition of 5th Station and Dominus Flevit in Jerusalem; in Galilee, the areas of Tabgha and Magdala are acquired while negotiations for Bethany begin.

  1894
The ruins of Capharnaum are acquired.

  1905
Final acquisitions in the Gethsemane area.

  1909
The Friars acquire the Shepherd's field at Beit Sahur, in the vicinity of Bethlehem.

  1911
Acquisition of "St. John in the Desert"

  1932
The Friars acquire the ruins of Siyagha (Mt. Nebo) and Mukhayyet in Jordan.

  1933
Acquisition of the site of Jesus' baptism on the banks of River Jordan.

  1936
The Custody builds a new convent at the Cenacle on Mt. Zion.

  1950
Acquisition of the Sanctuary of Bethany.

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