This model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was made in the seventeenth century as a souvenir for pilgrims to the Holy Land. It was designed to be taken apart, enabling pilgrims to relive their experiences or to share them with others when they returned to their homes.
From the earliest days of the Jerusalem pilgrimage travellers to the Holy Land wrote accounts of their journeys. Some of these texts offered simple itineraries of the sacred sites pilgrims should visit; others included more detailed reflections on the experience of religious travel. Among other places, this guide encouraged pilgrims to seek out the tomb of Godfrey of Bouillon, the first ruler of crusader Jerusalem (1099–1100).