A Memory Palace in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

I’m at a conference in Jerusalem at the moment. I went on a tour of the Old City that included a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I didn’t create a memory place there yet, but it would be a perfect building for it because of all the different sections. Check it out:

Floor Plans and Virtual Tours

Here is the floor plan of the Church. Clicking on the image will take you to the Wikipedia page that has the floor plans in several sizes as well as an SVG file:

Church of the Holy Sepulchre floor plan

There are also some virtual tours available online. (Update: use a search engine, because the old ones that I linked to here are no longer online.)

Here are some photos I took inside:

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre floor plan

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Brad

Brad 19 Sep 2021

I've often thought of creating a memory palace in my local cathedrals and large churches. The two main ones in Melbourne, where I live, are St. Patricks's Cathedral (Catholic) and St. Paul's Cathedral (Anglican). There are also some very large and ornate churches I could use too. Obviously there are larger and better places in Europe and the Middle East but youn need to work with somewhere you know.

Renee

Renee 19 Sep 2021

Thank you for the pics. I used like with like for my first memory palace. I use the local churches to help remember mass readings, bible verses,etc.The more unusual the better.

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen 19 Sep 2021

Ornate churches seem like great places to create memory palaces, especially for memorizing things about history or religion.

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Anthony

Anthony 19 Sep 2021

This is a great idea because you can actually grab an image of the floor plan. If one wanted, one could print out a floor plan and inscribe it with the target material for the purposes of testing later.

The surroundings of iconic places like this are also often very useful once you've tapped out the building itself.

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