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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre, old city, Jerusalem

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A spiritual experience even if you are not religious
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One of the holiest places in the world offers a serene and uplifting experience even for non-religious. We visited once in the morning and the queue to the tomb was 2-3 hours wait. The church was packed and we just could not wait to get out. The following day we went around 1.30-2pm and the experience...

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One of the holiest places in the world offers a serene and uplifting experience even for non-religious. We visited once in the morning and the queue to the tomb was 2-3 hours wait. The church was packed and we just could not wait to get out. The following day we went around 1.30-2pm and the experience was completely different. There was no queue to the annointing stone, you could actually see the entire church and walk in to the cave with the tomb. We could even light candles at the grave. We figured out that most guided tours go off to lunch between 1.30pm and 2.30pm. In my opinion that is the time you should aim to be there if you want a pleasant and spiritual experience.

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Make sure you have time to linger
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 1 day ago

As a Catholic pilgrim, I made sure I had time to make multiple trips and a chance to linger. There are many places for quiet prayer despite the number of people who are inside the church.

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Three Hour Queues
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed 1 day ago

Yes you have to visit this Church when visiting Jerusalem but if you really want to go deep inside to look at the Holy Sepulchre be prepared for a long long line up. Crowds of unrestrained viewers made this an unpleasant experience which was not worth the wait.