Franciscan Monastery of San Salvatore
For hundreds of years, the Franciscan monks have maintained the presence of Catholicism in the Middle East, from welcoming traveling monks following in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi, who first visited Jerusalem In 1219, to hosting Catholic pilgrims. The beautiful and elaborate Monastery you see today has been on site in the Christian Quarter since the 16th century when the Order was evicted from its Mount Zion residence by Muslim rulers. Entrance into the compound is forbidden but visiting the 19th century Church is permitted within restricted hours. Franciscan monks who live and work at the compound are dressed in the traditional garb of the Franciscan order, which dates back to the 12th century: simple sandals and a brown robe; the knotted rope waist belt is tied in three knots symbolic of the monks’ three vows - obedience, poverty, and chastity. Address: Saint Francis Street, Christian Quarter Visitation should be arranged prior to arrival.