Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest site in Christianity and is home to the last five stations of the cross. The Holy Sepulchre is believed to be where Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected. The Church is home to six dominations and was built by Emperor Constantine I around 325 AD.

The entrance to the Church is located at a small plaza at the south side (photos 1 and 2). Directly on the right are the steps (7th, 8th photos) leading to Golgotha or the Hill of Calvary, the site of the crucifixion. At Golgotha are two chapels, the Chapel of the Nailing of the Cross (9th and 11th photo), and the Rock of Calvary (10th photo), believed to be split by the earthquake that upon at Christ’s death. In front of the entrance to the Church and down the steps from Golgotha is the Stone of Anointing (13th photo), where Christ’s body was taken down from the cross and prepared for burial. Farther inside the Church is the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre underneath the Rotunda (14th, 15th photos), believed to be where Christ was buried and resurrected. The line to enter the Edicule was more than two hours the day I visited. The Church is home to many other smaller chapels, including the Chapel of St. Helen (17th photo).

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~ by jonathanmtsai on October 15, 2010.

One Response to “Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Jerusalem”

  1. […] such as the Last Supper, the Passion of Christ. Most of the important events are celebrated in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a large domed cathedral in the heart of the Old City and Christian Quarter. Most of the events I […]

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