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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre, old city, Jerusalem
  • Photo: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Photo: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Photo: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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Focal point of many sects of Christianity.
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 15, 2021

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered the holiest place on earth by Christians because it is the place where Jesus Christ was crucified, his dead body taken down from the Cross, anointed on the rock/ stone and lowered in the grave and the place of resurrection of Jesus  Christ. As you enter the church you are...

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered the holiest place on earth by Christians because it is the place where Jesus Christ was crucified, his dead body taken down from the Cross, anointed on the rock/ stone and lowered in the grave and the place of resurrection of Jesus  Christ. As you enter the church you are greeted with a sight of a place crowded, packed with hundreds of people. Many of them devote Christians on a mission of pilgrimage and an equal number of tourists of all faiths on the face of the earth. There is an astounding number of 30-plus chapels and worship spaces. All with a profusion of devotional ornamentation of several Christian rites.  For example, the tomb ofChrist is in the aedicule at the same time it is believed to be in another different place at the end of a dark, narrow tunnel. Going around the church is equally confusing and feels like going through a maze. This is due to the crowds where at times you do not know where you are as you are carried by the flow and because of twisting, climbing, descending path and staircases necessitated by different architectural styles, confined and limited space due to a large number of events have taken place in a limited area. By the time even a non-Christian visitor leaves Church of the Holy Sepulchre he is overpowered by a sense of history and the orderly confusion prevailing at the place so revered by millions.

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TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on November 21, 2021

The church of the holy sepulchre is worth a visit. It's a great time to visit as it is quieter (probably due to covid travel restrictions, so less people). There's no information inside so it's worth reading up before you go, or to have a guide.

Spiritually Moving
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on November 15, 2021

How? Can't really explain in words. If you're Christian, you'll possibly share the same experience when you visit. For non-Christians, the church is ornate and historical, but not sure the crowds are worth it if this is not the basis of your faith. For those who believe, tolerate the lines and rude people and...

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How? Can't really explain in words. If you're Christian, you'll possibly share the same experience when you visit. For non-Christians, the church is ornate and historical, but not sure the crowds are worth it if this is not the basis of your faith. For those who believe, tolerate the lines and rude people and wait for the opportunity to spend a few minutes inside the tomb. It was quite moving. If you're into it, bring some items to place on the stone where Jesus' body was placed for burial preparation after being removed from the cross. These will be much more meaningful than keychains or t-shirts brought back as souvenirs that say Jersualem on them. The vendors in the surrounding market also sell small crosses and rosary, but be prepared to pay way more since it's the mecca of tourist traps.

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