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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Jerusalem attractions like Church of the Holy Sepulchre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a holy place for Christians but contains a lot of history for all of us. To get the most out of the visit you need a tour guide to explain everything to you. I don'...  more »
  • It is a must see, no second thought about. You cannot describe with words the experience of getting inside this holy place. Try to come here early in the morning before a main flood of tourist buses a...  more »
  • It's true what they say -- the Holy Sepulchre is packed, sometimes chaotic, and perhaps not the meditative spiritual experience one longs for when visiting the sites of Jesus' death and resurrection (...  more »
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  • Awe inspiring. There is extensive noisy renovation going on so not a place of quiet contemplation at the moment, which seems to be putting the monks a bit on edge. Do not miss the tiny cave tomb. Important and powerful experience.
  • A little underwhelming on the outside, nothing special (stylistically/architecturally) on the inside - there are more interesting churches in Jerusalem, but worth a visit for the religious significance. Expect to be ushered out by unsmiling priests if anyone in the group is wearing shorts.
  • If you are visiting Israel that's the one place you absolutely MUST see! Holy place has amazing feeling inside nothing I can describe in words. I am not a religious person but this place is just so magnificent and amazing and I love it.
  • A perfect mixture of history, religion and culture. A little difficult to locate it, but you can't miss the tower. Usually very crowded but visitors are very moderate. Don't miss (to feel) the candle light stand.
  • God willing, I Want to visit this place with all my Family members.. Dreamy.. Surreal