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nitude as the others are'.
It is not alluded to by
Antoninus Placentimus, or by Eutychius, who only speaks of three Churches whenever he has occasion to refer to this group: namely, the Resurrection, the Calvary,
and St Constantine *.
illud imponens lignorum struem; et, ut Isaac immolaret filium suum, evaginatum arripuit gladium ; ubi nunc mensa habetur lignea non parva, super quam pauperum eleemosynæ à populo offeruntur......Inter Anastasim, hoc est, Ecclesiam suprà memoratam et Basilicam Constantini quædam patet plateola, usque ad Ecclesiam Golgothanam, in qua plateola die ac nocte semper lampades ardent.
“ De alia E redra in Ecclesia Calvariae.
** Inter illam quoque Golgothanam Ecclesiam et Martyrium quaedam inest Exedra in qua est calix Domini, quem à se benedictum propria manu in cœna pridie quàm pateretur, ipse conviva Apostolis tradidit convivantibus. Qui argenteus calix sextarii Gallici mensuram habet duasque ansulas in se ex titraque parte altrinsecus continet compositas. In quo utique calice inest spongia, quam aceto plenam hyssopo circumponentes Dominum crucifigentes obtulerunt ori ejus. De hoc eodem calice, ut fertur, Dominus post Resurrectionem cum Apostolis convivans bibit. Quern S. Arculfus vidit, et illius scrinioli ubi reconditus habetur operculi foramen pertusi manu tetigit propria osculatus.........
** De lancea militis.
** Et illam conspexitlanceam militis, quâ lancea latus Domini in Cruce pendentis ipse percusserat. Hæc eadem lan
cea, in porticu illius Constantini Basilicæ insertahabetur in cruce lignea cujus hastile in duas intercisum est partes. ' It seems to be the same which Saewulf afterwards placed over the stone of Unction, and which W. of Tyre mentions as a small oratory. If so, it may have been at M in the plan. Or perhaps it was nearer to the campanile, as the stone would be considered as a moveable relic. * Eutychii Ann. pp. 212, 219, 243. The earliest testimony of this period of the buildings is given by Antiochus the monk, who lived about 630, in the time of Heraclius. Describing the buildings of Modestus, he mentions three churches in this spot. ** Modestus....templa Salvatoris nostri Jesu Christi, quæ quidem barbarico igne conflagrarunt, in sublime erigit omni prorsus digna veneratione, puta aedes sanctæ Calvariae ac sanctæ Resurrectionis ; domum insuper dignam omni homore venerandæ Crucis, quæ mater Ecclesiarum est.” Ant. Mon. Epist. ad Eustachium Mag. Bib. Patr. Par. 1644. Tom. xii. p. 10. Willibaldus, A. d. 765:—** venit ad Hierusalem in illum locum ubi inventa fuerat Sa Crux Domini. Ibi nunc est Ecclesia in illo loco qui dicitur Calvariæ locus, et haec fuit prius extra Hierusalem. Sed beata Helena quando invenit, collocavit illum locum intus intra Hierusalem. Et ibi stant tres
Bernardus describes the group as of “four churches connected together by walls, that is to say, one to the East which has Mount Calvary ; and (one in) the place in which the Cross of the Lord was found, which is called the Basilica of Constantine; another to the South, and a fourth to the West, in the middle of which is the Sepulchre of the Lord.”.........“ Between these four Churches is a Paradise without a roof, the walls of which shine with gold, and the pavement with precious marble. In the midst of it is an enclosure of four chains, which proceed from the aforesaid four Churches, and in it is said to be the center of the world'." This enumeration of four churches agrees with that of Arculfus, if we suppose his southern church to be the Church of St Mary. The description which is given by Arculfus of the construction of the Round Church and its entrances is very obscure and strange. Of its three walls it appears certain that the middle one was, properly speaking, the external wall, for it contained the apses that still exist for the altars; and the outer wall of his description was probably an external peristyle or cloister, as in the Church of St Fosca at Torcello”. In the Plan” (Fig. 3, Plate 1) I have dotted a circular wall (a b c d) in the probable position of this peristyle, and I have carried it concentrically round the Western end of the Church (b. c. d), for the mere purpose of shewing that the rising ground and rock at the West makes it very improbable that the circuit was so carried round at this end. Arculfus is but a loose describer, or rather, perhaps, his interpreter and amanuensis, Adamnanus, was not successful in extracting his meaning; and, after all, his work was merely the result of recollections, recalled to oblige the Abbot after his return from the pilgrimage. His description of St Sophia at Constantinople may shew how far his usual expressions are to be literally understood; for he actually uses the same words as in his account of the Round Church of the Anastasis. He says it is a “triple stone church, rising from its foundations in three walls,” upon which the dome rests, and that there is “between each of the above walls a broad space",” &c. By the outer space in this case he must mean the first narthex or vestibule of St Sophia, which extends only along the front. But the whole phraseology of this sentence is sufficient to shew how large a licence we may assume in explaining his descriptions. I presume, therefore, that the outer passage in the Church of the Anastasis was confined to the Eastern half of the rotunda. His entrances to the North-east and South-east would differ but little in position from those of the subsequent Church, as shewn in the plan at D and H. The nature of the ground forbad a convenient entrance to the West, and the reverence due to the Sepulchre seems to have equally hindered a central Eastern Entrance. Indeed, an altar was placed opposite to the door of the Sepulchre at F, as Arculfus relates. The pilgrims were therefore naturally admitted at the South-west (at D), so that they might pass across in front of the Sepulchre, and after visiting it be dismissed in a similar manner at the North-east door (at H), to visit the other “holy places.” But the quadruple construction of these entrances is very difficult to understand. Perhaps by the three walls we must understand three piers; and thus we get a group of four arches in the outer wall of the peristyle; and the middle wall might only have had a single
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* I have substituted fourth for tertia in translating this passage, as the readiest mode of correcting the evident obscurity of it ; for as it stands, four churches are mentioned and only three described ; but there are other obvious symptoms of careless transcription in it which are not worth discussion.
* Wide Agincourt, pl. 26, Gally Knight. Ecc. Arch. of Italy, pl. 29. v. 1. The round church or mausoleum of Constantia at Rome had also an exterior peristyle. (Ciampini, de Sac. Æd. p. 135.)
* This plan is drawn from the account of Saewulf, to illustrate the state of the churches in the subsequent pe
riod. But that state differed so little from the churches of Arculfus, that, by the help of a few dotted lines, I have made it also subservient to the illustration of the second period, which we are now considering. The long range of chapels, A, B, C, I, are the principal points of difference between the two.
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doorway, as usual. What he calls the inner wall is,
* It may be supposed, on the other * To complete the authorities I subhand, that the inner circle of this join the account which Antoninus Plachurch was smaller than the present centinus gives of these buildings. one, and that the outer circle was of “A monumento usque Golgotha the same diameter; but I do not think | sunt gressus Lxxx. Ab una parte this so probable as the explanation I | ascenditur per gradus, unde Dominus have given above. ascendit ad crucifigendum. Nam in