by Carlos Melia

I have just returned from a lovely week spent in Israel. This was my first visit to the Holy Land, and for sure it won’t be my last. So I will be blogging for the next few weeks almost exclusively on my experience. Jerusalem without any doubts, was one of the highlights of my journey, and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (also known as Church of the Resurrection), a landmark that truly touched me and intrigued me. Was quite surreal to me to be there. Identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. The church has long been a major pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world. Reason why I have chosen it as my first post on my week long journey of discovery. 

The church is located within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The site is venerated as Calvary (Golgotha), traditionally regarded as the site of Jesus’s crucifixion and the most lavishly decorated part of the church. Also contains the place where Jesus is said to have been buried. Within the church are the last four Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, representing the final episodes of Jesus’s Passion. 

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