Église du Saint-Sépulcre
Église du Saint-Sépulcre
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Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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Sally
Edgware, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A visit to Jerusalem is like no other in that it is a truly religious city for many different people. The city itself is undergoing enormous regeneration and the buildings are very well designed. The bus service is like no other and can take you all over the country at very cheap prices. The light rail runs through the centre of town and the new Main line station, Navon has to be experienced. The trains are new, modern and very clean and access is down five escalators. The journey to Tel Aviv is partly underground which is a pity as it is not possible to see all the land which is wonderful.
Written 27 August 2023
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IVAN M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Every single detail at the saint Sepulcher church is phenomenal. You must stop and learn about the meaning of all the sites inside the church.
Written 24 August 2023
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Laura R
Guttenberg, NJ305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This is a very holy place to many faiths, where Jesus was cruicifed, died and was buried. The rock he was lain and dressed for burial is there, along with Golgotha. Unfortunately, it is too crowded to really be serene. Expect to spend 2 or more hours, as you must wait on line to see most parts of the Church.
Written 1 July 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,708 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
One of the holiest places on earth for the Christian faith, said to be a possible site of the crucifixion of Jesus.

A pilgrimage for many so gets very busy throughout the day, try to get their as early as possible to avoid the big crowds.

Tourist should try to be respectful with cameras and rushing to areas as many people go there to pray and reflect.

For such a significant place of worship it does feel a little run down and not very well maintained.

Certainly a must do while in Jerusalem.
Written 18 June 2023
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arvind1000
Pune, India2,266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. According to traditions dating back to the 4th century, it contains two sites considered holy in Christianity: the site where Jesus was crucified, at a place known as Calvary or Golgotha, and Jesus's empty tomb, which is where he was buried and resurrected.
Written 7 April 2023
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nancy e
Round Rock, TX157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Beautiful sacred place ruined by cameras , pushing etc. Many people of make this pilgrimage to pray. However many tourists just come to take pictures and beat others to the front of the line making it impossible for others to quietly pay their respect. Please be respectful and know this is a holy place🎁😴
Written 18 March 2023
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stephrab
New York City, NY726 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Friends
This is the core holy site for Christians. Unfortunately, it also displays for the while world to see how much interfaith conflict there is. The church is divided into smaller fiefdoms of different Orthodox Christian Churches. Due to this division, the church is poorly maintained as no one can agree on anything and thus, the church is in poor repair, which is in some ways blasphemy to the larger Christian world. Do not rush this. Try and stay until one of the different religious communities does a walking mass. No matter what your religion - these walking services are full of chanted music as well as organ music which fills the church.
Written 5 March 2023
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SmartTraveler
Muar, Malaysia659 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We are inside the *Church of the Holy Sepulchre*. Jesus was stripped, nailed,  crucified, died, and taken down here. They are the remaining 5 stations of Via Dolorosa. The church is ministered by 6 denominations. The main group are the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Armenian. The smaller groups are the Coptic,  Syriac, and  Ethiopian Orthodox. Each has its role and shares inside the most revered church in Christendom.

Helena, the mother of Constantine founded 3 crucifixion crosses. A sick woman was healed after touching the true cross of Jesus. She venerated Calvary by building a majestic church over it. *The Church of the Holy Sepulchre* shares a similar fate to Jerusalem. A chequered history of destructions, rebuilding, conversions, neglect, destruction, and restorations. Ironically, the door keys were entrusted to 2 Muslim custodians for the daily opening and locking, of the holiest church in Christianity. Saladin decreed this after capturing Jerusalem, in 1187CE.

We are at the Altar of Crucifixion. It was renovated and reopened after the Covid lockdown. The rocks of Calvary were encased to prevent pilgrims from touching them.

After a lengthy queue, we entered the Edicule that enshrined the empty tomb of Jesus. There is the original marble slab where the body was laid and was resurrected.*The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ* are epic milestones in Christendom.
Written 2 March 2023
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Emily M
United States1,328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Parts of church was very crowded and had a long line to visit the tomb first thing in the morning (probably around 9ish). Other parts weren't as crowded. Beautiful church, definitely worth visiting.
Written 31 December 2022
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK9,572 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
For a church that is s important to the Christian faith I really did expect more. We visited early in the morning in December so there were very few people around. Some of the architecture and decorations are pretty but there is no Wow factor like you get in Palermo or Haiga Sofia. It's a succession of small and dark rooms that you are mostly free to wander through. Nothing is labelled or explained, if you're a believer then you'll know what something is and if you aren't then you don't matter. The constant rebuilding and renovation means there is no stylistic flow through the areas of the church, it all seems very disjointed.
There is a stone inside the door which is allegedly the stone Jesus's body was laid on. Faith is very strange and deeply primitive and I was surprised at the emotional responses of a lot of visitors. We spent maybe 30 minutes inside and really should have gone with a guide to make sense of what was there and make sure we saw everything. The current building is a mixture of Byzantine, Crusader and Ottoman architecture, the original Roman basilica being destroyed in 1009 by the Fatimid caliph. If you are a believer then this is nirvana, if you're not it's just an average church so manage your expectations before going.
Written 15 December 2022
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