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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  • August 18, 2017
    Words can not describe. You want to feel. The intersection of religions, traditions, Nations, and events. Necessarily a good proven Guide. We had Dmitry from Atlantis.
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  • August 18, 2017
    With all due respect to this holy site, it was a zoo inside. It was so loud. People were constantly brushing by me when i stopped to take pictures or look around. The inside architecture is phenomenal...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Not to be missed. Walked around the church for approx 2 hours. Very big church, it's a good idea to hire a guide because it is huge and has a lot of history.  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 12, 2017
    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.
  • May 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 13, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    God willing, I Want to visit this place with all my Family members.. Dreamy.. Surreal

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