the pentecost hall



The Pentecost Hall is an immersive 360o hand painted work of art representing the Cenacle on the festivity of Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles in the Upper Room of Jerusalem.


The painting, located in the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, spans over 250 m2 across one of the centers’ main meeting halls and is located on the 2nd floor of the center.

The project was conceived during a visit to the Cenacle (Upper Room) in Mount Zion. As a group of Christian pilgrims entered the room, they were unable to hold a long-awaited prayer session due to the high foot traffic and religious sensitivity on site. Upon leaving the site, a seasoned pilgrim mentioned the need to have larger communal spaces available in the Holy Land where pilgrims could gather to pray.

Being conscious of the privilege location Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center enjoys, as well as its mission to welcome and be a place of fruitful spiritual development for pilgrims, the Center identified the need to develop a project which would allow large groups to gather and facilitate a strong visual and spiritual experience during their pilgrimage.

As the importance of highlighting the Upper Room’s experience was noted, the Pentecost Hall Project was born.



The Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center has at its core the mission to be a place of fruitful spiritual development for pilgrims all around the world.

The Pentecost Hall project is intended to allow pilgrims from around the world to have a space to gather and pray in the Holy Land while facilitating an immersive art experience which depicts the coming of the Holy Spirit during the Feast of Pentecost following Jesus’ crucifixion.

Additionally, the Pentecost Hall Project will:

  • Help develop and preserve Christian Art in the Holy Land by inspiring locals to continue producing religious art in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

  • Allow pilgrims in the Holy Land to better understand the Holy Spirit’s presence within apostles and to help bring to life the Pentecost experience.

  • Foster unity, respect and understanding between faiths highlighting Christianity’s Jewish roots and portraying the coming of the Holy Spirit in its origins when all Christians were united.

  • Will be a safe and peaceful space available for prayer, worship, and other special events as requested.


the artist

Daniel Cariola

Famous Chilean artist, Daniel Cariola, also author of the famous “Encounter” painting in Magdala, hometown of Mary Magdalene, is the maestro behind this immersive artwork. Mr. Cariola’s experience expands over more than 30 years in fine art painting. He has been preparing himself to undertake this project since 2016, researching, praying and reflecting on the events of Pentecost to help bring them to life.


the community

The Legionaries of Christ

The Legionaries of Christ, are a Christ centered religious community who have been entrusted by the Vatican to steward and preserve the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, the Holy See’s international pilgrim center in Jerusalem. The Legionaries welcome pilgrims arriving to the Center ensuring that the facilities on site are optimal and conducive to a positive, comfortable and enjoyable pilgrimage experience.

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Initial idea is conceived.



First drafts are drawn. The project is originally intended to span one mural.



The project’s uniqueness is identified, and the project moves to include a full hall. Drafts are reviewed and plans to kick off the project begin.



Daniel Cariola, arrives in the fall to begin initial preparation works for the project.



January – The project begins.

April – The first mural is completed.

September – The second mural is completed.



The third mural is completed and fourth is sketched. In the meantime, the hall undergoes preparations to host the paintings.



The fourth mural is currently being painted.



The ceiling will begin to be painted.



Expected Completion & Inauguration.

"Jesus promised we would never be alone. In the painting, I was not alone. I was closer to Jesus than ever before, surrounded by others filling with the Holy Spirit too.


Finding myself in living art, for sure. Finding Jesus alive in my heart, forever!


Finding myself in living art."


Peg Tichacek

I will always be grateful for the time Daniel Cariola shared his Pentecost project with us. As tears flowed, I was immediately drawn into the room.


Nancy T. Williams


notre dame heritage society



Community of one heart and mind filled with the Holy Spirit who with boldness wish through their means, deeds, or words share the beauty of the word of God through the preservation and support of projects established in Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, the Holy See’s international pilgrimage center in the Holy Land.
Acts 4:31




You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Acts 1:8

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new gate to peace foundation

New Gate to Peace Foundation (NGTPF) is an independent, U.S. 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to bring greater awareness of the history and culture of the Holy Land, as well as promote encounters between leaders of different religions, foster peaceful solutions to current challenges, as well as facilitate an impact on the hearts and souls of all those who seek to experience the Holy Land for themselves.

NGTPF is operated exclusively for charitable purposes as defined in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, for the promotion of the cultural, historical, and religious heritage of the Holy Land. Donations to NGTPF help fund the development of Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center Projects, Magdala and Holy Land activities.

We are thankful for each and every one of our donors!

For more information please contact:

Fr. David Steffy, L.C.




Mr. David Delgado