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Interesting Church

This Russian church contain part of one of the old gates of the ancient city of Jerusalem and this... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2018
Montreal, Canada
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Hidden Gem

From the outside, it appears to be a simple plain building. Something barely noticeable where it... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2017
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

I visited this Russian Orthodox church last year and had to come back this year.
Inside the church there the remains of one of the gates from the Roman era, the time of Jesus. The staff, Nuns are very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank riabinraider
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is a Russian Orthodox church located very close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ...this church can be easily overlooked as it looks more like a hotel from the outside than a church.

A large piece of the rock of Calvary can seen inside (it was purchased and brought here).

There is remains of another entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Try to look up the church and read a little before entering as there was limited information in English available.

-Females: Head must be covered...you can borrow a scarf at the entrance.

-Entrance fee: 5NIS/$1.30USD

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Ann C
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

On the South west end of the main marketKhan El Zeit when entering from the Damascus Gate,,also in the end of Via Dolorosa St.Alexander Nevskiy,was an army hero in the 13th Century,his victory in St Perersburg has stoped the spread of German Catholism in East Europe more than thirty Cathedrals in East EUROPE NAMED AFTER Alexander Nevskiy,The compound was bought from the Coptic Church 1859,in building and excavations a Roman Triumph Arch and remains of the Roman Forum of Emperor HADRIAN AS well as remains of a Gate (Golgoltah Gate?) Some of the stones and pillars were used to build the church on top of the 4th Century Church, the remains of the gate are now part of theChurch of Holy Sepalcher.The church was neglected for long time becaude of the ownership conflict between the Moscow based Red Church and the NYC based White Church represented here by an elderly Russian PrincessMargarita Dobrovskaya-RITA, IF YOU HAVE TIME MY SUGGESTION TO VISIT the near by Lutheran Church of the Redemeer ofq1898 wit awhole complete country yard of Crusaders time and small archeological museum

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 21 December 2015

Right before you enter the plaza of the church of the Holy Sepulchre there is a Russian monastery which is very beautiful and spiritual, but it also holds some interesting archaeological finding related to Jesus. There is an ancient gate which was part of a roman pagan temple. Inside the church there are also the remains of massive walls from the time of King Herods, and an opening between them. Since we are not far from Calvary there is no doubt that this place was the Threshold of Judgment Gate which was the edge of the city walls in the time of Jesus. To the left you can see a hole made in the wall for the stakes of the gate’s doors – this hole is called the “Eye of Needle”.
Now, one of the unique archaeological finding in this church is a column which was part of the main entrance to the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre that was built by Constantine in 330 AD. The column is quite unique since it is made of black stone which is not available in the vicinity of Jerusalem; hence the stone was brought here from a distance to mark an important place. In Roman time, the main entrance to the basilica was part of the Roman Cardo – the main road built by the Romans that crossed old Jerusalem. Today we can see remains of these columns, like the one at station number 7 of the via dolorosa, and others at the excavation site of the Cardo in the Jewish quarter – you should notice that all the these columns are made of white stone.

I recommend to look online for some videos of this church before visiting it - just search "alexander nevsky church black column video experience"


Date of experience: May 2015
Thank ערן פ
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Reviewed 7 November 2015

Thousands walk the Via Dolorosa or Via Crucis, and pass in front of this Monastery and Church, run by Russian nuns, it costs a mere NIS 5 per person to enter, and see as well how this Hostel for Russian pilgrims from the 19th Century, was run, but the important finds are, what is believed the original gate of the city in Jesus times, and from their the access to the Golgotha. A must to be seen location.

Date of experience: September 2015
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