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Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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This place is so popular with Christian pilgrims that there is hardly room to move, let alone look around and appreciate anything. Despite it’s supposed historic and religious significance I found it totally lacking in atmosphere. Not really worth visiting.
Maybe it was the time of day, or the time of year, but when we visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on a weekday in mid-October, around mid-afternoon, it felt more like we were in the middle of a mosh pit at a sold-out...More
A once in a lifetime experience, so much history whether one is a believer or not. Spend time, don't be rushed, we saw some guides with frustrated groups being rushed here because it is Christian not Jewish.
We visited in January and was told it’s a good time to visit as less crowded. There is so much to see so plan to be there for a while to see everything. The church is divided among 6 Christian sects each with its own...More
This is a must-see for visitors to Jerusalem of all faiths or none - plus it is free! My advice is: a. come early and b. Bring a guidebook. I arrived at 09.10 on a January weekday and crowds were already forming; I queued for...More
For a personal time of reflection on the cross and encounter with Jesus' victory there, I much prefer the Garden Tomb. For a picture of the desperate humanity that Jesus came to save, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the place. I sorrowed to...More
This is one of the most important churches in Christendom, proof that Jesus indeed rose from the dead, completed in the year 335. It has been a major destination of Christian Pilgrims since its beginning in the 4th century. In the church are the last...More
History tells us that Helena, the mother of Constantine, confirmed that the area of this large church was the place of Calvary and the burial tomb of Jesus. Yet I always tell groups that this is the place but if you want the feel of...More