Arches of the Virgin

"Quando spuntò il giorno, mentre il suo cuore era abbattuto e triste, dalla destra dell'ingresso penetrò nella tomba un profumo aromatico: pareva il diffondersi del profumo dell'albero della vita. La vergine si voltò e in piedi, presso un cespuglio di incenso, vide Dio vestito con uno splendido abito di porpora celeste. Egli le disse: "Donna, perché piangi e ti lamenti così triste su di una tomba che non ha alcun cadavere?". (Vangelo apocrifo di Gamaliele)

Arches of the Virgin

Passing through the north aisle, elements from earlier constructions can be distinguished. From the back wall, which dates from the original Constantinian complex, Byzantine columns and pillars from the Crusader transept stand out.
On the wall itself holes can be seen, where the multi-colored marble that at one time adorned the building was attached.
Five columns distinct from the others, smaller and with a rough exterior, form the socalled Arches of the Virgin, which commemorate the visits of the Mother of the Lord to the tomb of the Son. This memory was evidently considered to be authentic by the Crusaders, as this was the only part of Constantine’s Triportico they chose to preserve.

Appearances After the Resurrection

Arches of the Virgin