Building the Church

Artist’s rendering of the foundations of Christ Church Jerusalem, which were laid 10 February 1840 by Rev. John Nicholayson and architect William Curry Hillier. Image from the Conrad Schick Library and Archives.

The material linked below is drawn from the research of Christ Church historian Kelvin Crombie. It is a detailed chronology using archival material that highlights the religious motivation and diplomatic efforts that led to the building of Christ Church, the first Protestant Church in the Levant. It is made available here to point scholars and students to the archival sources that will help them in their research and provide essential background to anyone studying nineteenth century Palestine, British-Turkish relations, Middle Eastern church history and more.

How Christ Church Was Built (PDF)

Many thanks to Kathyrn Betcher and Leslie Richardson for their help with editing this material.

This resource is for personal use only and cannot be reproduced without the written permission of the author.