Jerusalem Church of Holy Sepulchre
The Christian Quarter, an important center for worldwide Christianity, is filled with centuries-old churches, including the renowned Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A trip to Jerusalem by pilgrims and non-orthodox tourists is complete with roaming around this Christian Quarter in the Old City, an unmatched density of history and wonder, whose stories and traditions affect the daily lives of billions of people worldwide.
It matters NOT if you are a pilgrim, a traditional Christian, or NONE of the above; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is “the” one Church for Christianity. It is exciting to feel the spiritual vibes inside this Church, which is the most important Church for all Christian streams, irrespective of your faith, if any. According to Christian tradition, the Church nowadays contains the spot called “Golgatha,” Via Dolorosa’s 11th station, where Jesus was crucified (or “Calvary” in Latin). The 12th station includes the position where Jesus dies on the Cross. The “anointing stone” is where Christ was blamed and prepared for the barrel (13th station). The Tomb is the last station (14th) inside the Church, where Christ is buried and reborn.
People from all outskirts of the world come to pray in it. The location was distinguished 300 years after Jesus’s crucifixion by Helena, the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, and it is controlled separately by 4 Christian churches: The Armenian, the Greek Orthodox, the Roman-catholic, and the Ethiopian Church. The Church of Holy Sepulchre is magnetically built and reconstructed throughout the history of Conquers of Jerusalem. A strong smell of incense, crying voices, and prays are observed in all its inner chambers and secret corners. Entry to the Church is free BUT do take care it may be overcrowded most times. If you visit the Church on a special date, like we did on Saturday Easter” (the day commemorates the Harrowing of Hell while Jesus’ body lays his grave), expect to find a terrific queue while an amazing procession in its full glory takes place.