Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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5/5

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2014

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Free to enter however not for the disabled due to crowds. We followed the 14 stations of the cross from start to finish inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It truly is a journey through history taking you through the Arab quarter into the church for the last 5 stations. The church is used by several branches of Christianity and has no facilities. The main access is from Muristan and there is a ramp down into the courtyard in front of the church. Entering you pass the stone of anointing and turning right takes you to the top of Golgotha, the Hill od Calvary, which is now inside the church, leaving this side takes you down to the Holy sepulchre. As you can imagine, it is busy, extremely busy as there are constant pilgrimages and people don't tend to line up in an orderly fashion, there are steep steps and pressing crowds. We went for Latin mass on the Sunday evening. Tip – It opens early around 0430 and closes around 2000 so I would recommend going early or later when the coaches have departed if you wish to avoid the scrum.

 

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