Built on the site of a 4th century basilica designed by Constantine I to honor the Ascension of Jesus Christ. It was built on the direction of Constantine's mother Helena, who named it the Church of the Disciples. Like many buildings in Jerusalem, the original church was destroyed by the Persians in 614. The Crusaders established a small shine in 1106, and a formal church was rebuilt in 1152 by the Bishop of Denmark (who was buried in it with his butler - hmmm...). The Crusader church was damaged in 1187 and then destroyed by 1345. In 1851, all the remaining stones of the 4th-century church were sold off for tombstones. The site was purchased by the Princesse de la Tour d'Auvergne who built a Carmelite cloister in 1872 modeled on the Campo Santo at Pisa.
Ancient, Religious - Christianity
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