Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem | Jerusalem, Israel | I have just returned from a lovely week spent in Israel. This was my first visit to the Holy Land, and for sure it won’t be my last. So I will be blogging for the next few weeks almost exclusively on my experience. Jerusalem without any doubts, was one of the highlights of my journey, and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (also known as Church of the Resurrection), a landmark that truly touched me and intrigued me. Was quite surreal to me to be there. Identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. The church has long been a major pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world. Reason why I have chosen it as my first post on my week long journey of discovery.
The church is located within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The site is venerated as Calvary (Golgotha), traditionally regarded as the site of Jesus’s crucifixion and the most lavishly decorated part of the church. Also contains the place where Jesus is said to have been buried. Within the church are the last four Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, representing the final episodes of Jesus’s Passion.
The Stone of Anointing (also known as Stone of Unction), where Jesus’s body is said to have been anointed before burial. The spot where Jesus’s body was prepared for burial. You can see a photo of me touching the stone. This was worth my entire trip to Israel. It was such a surreal experience and feeling, that I cannot even begin to describe it. The mosaic depiction of Christ’s body being prepared after his death, opposite the Stone of Anointing.
The Rotunda is located in the centre of the Anastasis, beneath the larger of the church’s two domes. In the center of the Rotunda is the chapel called the Aedicule, which contains the Holy Sepulchre itself.
Another fascinating spot to me, was The Chapel of Saint Helena, a 12th-century Armenian church in the lower level of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The chandeliers and decorations, and the striking walk down the stairs, just breathtaking.
Despite the mutilations of the centuries, the Holy Sepulchre remains a fascinating complex of structures and is of key importance for several phases of medieval architectural history, ‘imitations’ being built all over Europe. Today, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of Jerusalem’s main landmarks and continues to draw many pilgrims and visitors.. In my years of travels around the world, I can only compare the feeling of being at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, to my visits to the Taj Mahal (Agra, India), Hagia Sophia ( Istambul, Turke) and St. Isaac’s ( St Petersburg, Russia).
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