Christian Landmarks The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Via Dolorosa

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About The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Via Dolorosa

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that is believed to encompass both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. Although partialy based on tradition, there is some evidence that links the site to the historical events. For instance, the topographical elements of the church’s site are compatible with the Gospel descriptions, which say that Jesus was crucified on rock that looked like a skull outside the city (John 19:17) and there was a grave nearby (John 19:41-2). Windblown earth and seeds watered by winter rains would have created the green covering on the rock that John calls a “garden.” To avoid crowds, go visit the church as early as possible. During Easter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is particularly crowded.


Opening Hours

Hours of Operation are:
Summer Hours (April-September)
Sundays 5.00 am - 8.00 pm
Monday-Saturday 5.00 am - 9.00 pm
Winter Hours (October-March)
Sundays 4.00 am - 7.00 pm
Monday-Saturday 4.00 am - 7.00 pm

TEL: +972 2 6272692