Sacred Places. Pilgrimages in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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Chris de Lauwer.


Chris de Lauwer, Mirjam Shatanawi, Guus van den Hout, Edward van Voolen.


Antwerp, Belgium, 2014. 191 pp., illustrations: 480 col., 3 b&w, 29.2 × 21.8 cm. English.




MAS Museum aan de Stroom (19 September 2014–18 January 2015)


The major portion of “Sacred Places, Sacred Books”, a two-part exhibition that explored the commonalities and differences between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. “Sacred Places” focused on these religions’ shared phenomenon of pilgrimage, whether to Jerusalem, Rome, or Mecca, showing the magnetic force of attraction they have had on people throughout the ages. Introductory essay by Chris de Lauwer. Major essays on pilgrimages to sacred places in Judaism (Edward van Voolen), Christianity (Guus van den Hout, Bert Treffers), and Islam (Luitgard Mols, Mirjam Shatanawi). Additional essays include “Pilgrimages: Being On and Off the Right Track” (Walter van Herck), “The Eternal City” (Rosita Steenbeek), and “Pilgrims in Antwerp” (Vera de Boeck, Ghislain Belmans). List of exhibits. 221 items.


For the second part of the exhibition, see #2140.

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AmuletsBags of earth from the Holy LandBelgiumBenjamin of Tudela, travelogueBesamimBezalel Art SchoolCemeteries, MoroccoEtrog containersHaggadot, illuminated manuscriptsHanukkah lampsHebrew illuminated manuscripts, Bohemia-Moravia & Germany, 17th–19th CHillulaHoly Land souvenirsHoly Land souvenirs, olive woodHoly Land travelogues/itinerariesItinerariumJoseph ben David of Leipnik (scribe-artist)Kiddush cupsKiddush jugs/decantersMaps, Holy LandMezuzah casesMizrachMoroccoOil lamps, ancientPaintings, Eretz Israel/Holy LandPaintings, Jewish customs & ceremoniesPostersPrayerbooks/MahzorsPrinted booksShabbat cloths/tableclothsShana Tova greeting cardsTapestriesTassTombstones, shroudsTorah Ark curtainsTzedakah boxes/containersYahrzeit candleholders

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Visitor’s guide, with presentation of exhibition in 3 main parts: The Departure and the Journey, The Sanctuary, and the Return Home. Each religion discussed separately within each section. Emphasis placed on the continuation of these pilgrimages in modern times, in particular amongst the citizens of Antwerp, many of whom share their personal pilgrimage experiences with the visitor. Booklet, 83 pp., 3 illus., 20.3 × 14.8 cm. Descriptive entries. 221 items. English; Exhibition leaflet, “Rome, Mekka en Jeruzalem in Antwerpen. Heilige plaatsen, heilige boeken. Expo over Jodendom, Christendom en Islam”. [Rome, Mecca and Jerusalem in Antwerp. Holy Place, Holy Books. An exhibition on Judaism, Christianity and Islam], 4 pp., 4 col. illus., 21 × 15 cm. 3 copies, identical except for cover image. Dutch.

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