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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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  • Day20

    Grabeskirche

    February 26, 2019 in Palestine ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Am Ort der Grabeskirche soll nach offiziellen Angaben, die Kreuzigung und Bestattung Jesu stattgefunden haben. Dementsprechend drängen sich hier selbst zu früher Morgenstunde schon Recht viel Menschen. Das Anstehen in der Schlange zur Grabkammer wurde dann selbst Tina irgendwann zu lang, sodass wir diesen heiligen, aber keineswegs erführchtigen und schon gar nicht ruhigen Ort schnell wieder verließen.Read more

  • Day12

    Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    December 17, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We started this morning walking the “Stations of the Cross” around the old city of Jerusalem. This is exactly the walk Jesus would have taken on his day of crucifixion. It was a very moving experience which I will remember for a long time. We then visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In this church we viewed the remains of Golgotha which is where Jesus’ cross was put. We also got to see the anointing stone which is where Jesus’ body was laid after he had died on the cross. Mass was celebrated in a room that in the first century was his burial place. We even got to touch the tomb where he would have laid prior to his resurrection.Read more

  • Day2

    Silent Night, Holy Sites

    December 7, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    I didn't really understand just how many Christian sites would be in Jerusalem, and how dense they'd be. Within about an hour we'd seen The Garden Tomb and Golgotha (if it's at Skull Hill), the Holy Sepulcre (which feels like being deep, deep underground) and the Via Dolorosa.Read more

  • Day8

    Jerusalem, Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    November 28, 2019 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    So, here we are, at the end of the Via Dolorosa. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was indeed erected by the Crusaders on the site where there once was Mount Golgotha (where Jesus was crucified) and the tomb in which Jesus was laid.
    There is only one church, but it’s shared among six Christian denominations: Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Coptic Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox and Ethiopian Orthodox. The two main windows on the façade of the church represent the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches. A ladder can be seen lying on one of the two windows: legend has it that a boy in charge of cleaning one window also started cleaning the second one without being granted permission… and was immediately stopped!

    As soon as we enter the church, we take a staircase to the right, bringing us to the Mount Golgotha. The mount has been indeed incorporated in the church and a special altar lies on the exact spot where Jesus’s cross was believed to stand. On the side, we can also see the rock that allegedly broke when Jesus passed away…
    When Christ died, Joseph of Arimatea asked Pontius Pilatus if they could take him down and the Roman governor granted his permission. Jesus’s body was then laid on flat stone, which now lies at the entrance of the church.

    We proceed to a dome-topped area and hosting an impressive mausoleum built in white marble. From the entrance, starts an endless line with about three hours waiting time. The reason? Inside there is was is considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. The tomb is a cave in the ground but has now been covered with a marble sarcophagus. Our guide explains that it was opened some time ago and everything was recorded in a National Geographic documentary.
    In a separate, smaller side chapel we see the entrance of another tomb: it is believed to be the tomb of Joseph of Arimatea, who apparently built a second tomb for himself after giving the first one to Jesus. Inside, it is quite claustrophobic and disturbing…

    At this point our guide leaves us and Kishore takes over the role. He brings a tiny group to discover the rest of the church, that we find out to be much bigger than what we initially thought. The complex has been indeed built over different layers and we need to walk down staircases and through caves to discover the whole thing.
    That’s how we get to see the huge crack the split the whole Golgotha into two, from the top all the way down to its foundations. Underneath the Golgotha it’s believed to lie the grave of Adam: with his sacrifice, Jesus washed Adam’s sin away saving humanity!
    We also see the remains of the columns that Jesus was tied to before the crucifixion and the place where the holy spear was found.
    Finally, Kishore brings us to the back of the mausoleum built of Jesus’s tomb, and shows us that the tomb is also accessible from here! And - guess what? – there is no line at all…
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  • Day8

    Grabeskirche, Jerusalem

    October 29, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Das Mariengrab im Kidrontal bei Jerusalem wird nach altkirchlicher Tradition als die Grabstätte von Maria, der Mutter Jesu, angesehen. Das Grab liegt am Fuße des Ölberges, nahe bei der Kirche aller Nationen.Read more

  • Day5

    Grabeskirche

    December 30, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Die Grabeskirche markiert das Ende der Via Dolorosa (sie beinhaltet die letzten 5 Stationen)

    Sie wurde an dem Ort errichtet, an dem Jesus gekreuzigt und gestorben sein soll (Kavaliersberg/Golgatha-Felsen) und gehört somit zu den wohl heiligste Stätte des Christentums.

    Sie besteht aus vielen verschiedenen Kirchen/Kapellen und beinhaltet unter anderem:

    1. Den Salbungsstein - auf dem Jesus Leib gesalbt wurde.

    2. Das Heilige Grab - (14. Kreuzwegstation) hier ist immer nur wenigen Personen gleichzeitig der Zugang gestattet, weshalb sich lange Schlangen bilden können. (Wer diese vermeiden möchte, sollte in den frühen Morgenstunden kommen)
    Hier wird ein Stück des Steines aufbewahrt, der die Grabkammer verschlossen haben soll.

    3. Golgatha Kapelle: 10.-13. Kreuzwegstation (10 Jesus wird entkleidet + 11 Kreuzigung Jesus + 12 Jesus stirbt am Kreuz + 13 Jesus wird von Kreuz genommen)
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  • Day8

    Jerusalem, Ethiopian Monastery

    November 28, 2019 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Led by Kishore, we leave the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and enter a tiny door to the right of the main facade. A door open to a totally unexpected hidden world…
    We find ourselves in an Ethiopian Church, built on different layers. On the ground level there is the area where mass is held, on the first floor we find a restricted area with ancient paintings and icons. The most surprising part it, however, on the rooftop…
    On the roof of the church was built an entire village for which time seems to have stopped centuries ago: they have no phone lines, no electricity… nothing! To make any changes, the agreement of all the six churches present in the area of the Holy Sepulchre is indeed required.

    From here we keep walking until we find the entrance of another hidden treasure: the cistern of St. Helen! Allegedly, St. Helen found it when she was looking for the relics of Jesus’s cross. There are indeed two cisterns, but the second one is full of rubbish and debris…

    Back to the top, we can clearly see the three layers on which Jerusalem was built. We decide to walk down and follow Kishore to a German church with a lovely cloister. This city is full of surprises…
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  • Day8

    Jerusalem, Bazaar in the Old City

    November 28, 2019 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    The Via Dolorosa leads us to the entrance of the bazaar of the Old City: an open air market similar to the ones that can be seen in the whole Middle-Eastern world. The only big difference is that the products for sale represent three different cultures... if not more!

    Before continuing to follow Jesus's steps, we make a short break at a local coffee shop, where Ludo tries Turkish coffee. While he tries to read his destiny in the shapes of his coffee grounds, I enjoy some of the most amazing pomegranate juice I have ever had. And for only 10 shekel! In Tel Aviv I paid three times more...

    After the coffee stop, we keep walking up the alley fighting our way through colourful stands selling any kind of local products and souvenirs. We come across another station of the Via Dolorosa, before reaching a beautiful plaza towered by an imposing church: it's the complex of the Holy Sepulchre!
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Grabeskirche