Several pieces of ancient pillars, as well as two Corinthian capitals, are being moved from the garden of the Church of Gethsemane to the Franciscan Terra Sancta Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem. The museum is located at the Church of the Flagellation near the Lion’s Gate. The pillars and capitals originally came from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where they were discovered in 1969 inside a wall in the northern side of the church belonging to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. The columns are believed to have come from a Roman temple that the emperor Hadrian (AD 117–139) had constructed over the place of Jesus’s burial, although they may have even been reused from the time of King Herod. Samples of the marble have been taken for dating analysis.
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