Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

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Located just outside Jerusalem's Old City, on the eastern slope of Mount Zion, the Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu is situated on the spot where, according to tradition, Jesus was jailed after his arrest by the Romans. The church's name is a reference to the crowing of the cock during Peter's triple denial of Jesus.

The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu was built in 1931 on the remains of a succession of other churches, the oldest of which was a Byzantine shrine to Peter's repentance constructed in 457 CE. As such, it is a composite of various epochs and styles, combining ancient works of art with modern design. Among the more impressive fixtures are a huge mosaic depicting New Testament figures, and, in the courtyard, a statue that describes Jesus' denial by Peter.

The church also extends below ground, incorporating stone from ancient grottoes in the lower chapel. Descending further below ground level, one arrives at a series of Second Temple-era chambers, where Jesus was perhaps imprisoned. A staircase leading down to the Kidron Valley on the northern side of the church is said to have served as a passage between the upper and the lower cities during the time of the First Temple.

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  • Alex Drukpa.
    Alex Drukpa.
    May 11, 2023

    Church of St Peter in Gallicantu For a number of reasons the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu is one of the most beautiful churches in Jerusalem, it commemorates the apostle Peter’s triple denial of his Master, his immedi...

  • Eileen Weed
    Eileen Weed
    February 6, 2023

    We went in a large group and unfortunately didn't have time to visit inside the church, instead we went straight downstairs to the prison area. We had to wait awhile because of other large groups in front of us. Definitel...

  • Craig Childress Johnson
    Craig Childress Johnson
    January 7, 2023

    I paid big money for a local guide to take me around the Old City and nearby environs and he said this was not really worth fooling with! I insisted on seeing it. A very good decision. This is a spectacular church in a...

  • Arianna Atzeni
    Arianna Atzeni
    February 28, 2023

    The downstairs has a dungeon where Jesus may have been imprisoned before his interrogation by Ciafas. From here you have a stunning view of the Mount of Olives and The Tampoe Mount

  • Benjamin Griffin
    Benjamin Griffin
    June 24, 2022

    Absolutely stunning church with beautiful stained glass and mosaics. If you are mobile enough, don’t miss the catacombs beneath the cathedral. You won’t regret it. It is very peaceful there. You can sit and think. It is a...

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