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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre, old city, Jerusalem
  • Photo: Noam ChenPhoto: Noam Chen
  • Photo: The Church of the Holy SepulchrePhoto: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Photo: Noam ChenPhoto: Noam Chen
Photo: Noam Chen
Photo: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Photo: Noam Chen

TripAdvisor Reviews

TripAdvisor ReviewsBased on 6817 traveler reviews
"Crowded but definitely still worth a stop"
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 31, 2022

Parts of church was very crowded and had a long line to visit the tomb first thing in the morning (probably around 9ish). Other parts weren't as crowded. Beautiful church, definitely worth visiting.

"Anticlimatic, really not that impressed"
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 15, 2022

For a church that is s important to the Christian faith I really did expect more. We visited early in the morning in December so there were very few people around. Some of the architecture and decorations are pretty but there is no Wow factor like you get in Palermo or Haiga...

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For a church that is s important to the Christian faith I really did expect more. We visited early in the morning in December so there were very few people around. Some of the architecture and decorations are pretty but there is no Wow factor like you get in Palermo or Haiga Sofia. It's a succession of small and dark rooms that you are mostly free to wander through. Nothing is labelled or explained, if you're a believer then you'll know what something is and if you aren't then you don't matter. The constant rebuilding and renovation means there is no stylistic flow through the areas of the church, it all seems very disjointed.nThere is a stone inside the door which is allegedly the stone Jesus's body was laid on. Faith is very strange and deeply primitive and I was surprised at the emotional responses of a lot of visitors. We spent maybe 30 minutes inside and really should have gone with a guide to make sense of what was there and make sure we saw everything. The current building is a mixture of Byzantine, Crusader and Ottoman architecture, the original Roman basilica being destroyed in 1009 by the Fatimid caliph. If you are a believer then this is nirvana, if you're not it's just an average church so manage your expectations before going.

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"The holiest of Christian sites . . . Church of the Holy Sepulchre"
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 8, 2022

For Christians, this is the most visit site in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is built on the site where Jesus was crucified. I found most interesting the stone on which Jesus’ body was placed after being taken down from the cross and on which it was prepared for burial,...

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For Christians, this is the most visit site in Jerusalem’s Old City. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is built on the site where Jesus was crucified. I found most interesting the stone on which Jesus’ body was placed after being taken down from the cross and on which it was prepared for burial, and the Rotunda, which contains his empty tomb.

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