Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

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Join millions of pilgrims who make their way to Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a deeply significant Christian landmark dating back to the 4th century CE. Christians believe the church contains both the site of Jesus' crucifixion and the tomb in which he was buried and resurrected. Several Christian denominational groups share ownership of the church--you can see the blending of their traditions and cultures within, as you navigate the maze of rooms and halls. Dress modestly and prepare for a potentially long line at the entrance. Put Church of the Holy Sepulchre on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Jerusalem tour planner .
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  • Queen Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine the great moved in 325 ad in Jerusalem to locate and exploit the Holy places of Christianity. In this place he identified Golgotha and the Holy Sepulchre finding in an old abandoned quarry, after excavations adventurous, even the three crosses of the Gospels. Then in history a succession of buildings and destruction of churches, mosques and shrines. A great place and full of meanings in which the devotion, faith, history and art come together. But within the total chaos reigns without anyone handle it even with risks to the safety of persons. A row of hours around the Holy Sepulchre and then all of a sudden a "Guide" (or Ukraine) after literally screamed his "explanations" to his group guides him to skip the line and enter the Middle pushing people queued to the wall. Huddle, pressure, anger, many who renounce. A fuss from the fish market and no one involved ever despite the protests. You never see anyone from security and people do not behave like a holy place. What a pity. Luigi
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  • On a place in the heart of old Jerusalem in the Christian part you will find the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Despite all the fuss breathes this church rest
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  • Better to visit the Guide. There are many different temples, rich history, many shrines, felt God's grace and power seats.
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  • Totally awestruck. So much history converges in Jerusalem and especially this sacred church. Men, do not wear shorts of any kind or you won't be able to enter the crucifixion shrine or Jesus' burial cave. Totally worth being hot throughout the day. Great food all around this city.
  • Such a nice place in terms of history, with an amazing atmosphere. The place is in a city of mixed culture and you can see the different ages. This place seems small but so important at the same time. However it is more a symbolic place rather than something similar special to see. The church is really crowded and it is hard to move and access the sacred sites.
  • A little underwhelming on the outside, nothing special (stylistically/architecturally) on the inside - there are more interesting churches in Israel and in Europe, but worth a visit for the religious significance and the interesting mix of different branches of Christianity. Expect to be ushered out by unsmiling priests if anyone in the group is wearing shorts.
  • You have to visit this church because of the historical/religious significance. It’s a special experience to see so many people paying homage. It does get really crowded, and you must be dressed respectfully to get in (no shorts, wear sleeves).
  • Great religious site for all Christians. Pilgrims visiting this place following the trail of the 14 stations will feel a deep and wonderful feeling after visiting the believed to be tomb of Jesus.

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