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Place #1
Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Beginning of Tour
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The Armenian Patriarchate St 9, Jerusalem
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Christian Quarter Road
What a lovely day it is here in Jerusalem! We are currently standing in between the Christian Information Center and the Tower of David. The Christian Information Center’s goal is to provide as much information as possible on the Christian religion and all of the holy sites, shrines, and churches, as well as the many aspects of the religious life and activities here in the Holy Land of Jerusalem. There are many employees here that can happily answer any of your questions, big or small. They are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. 

On your left is the Tower of David, Jerusalem’s citadel. The Tower of David is Jerusalem’s museum that lives within the ancient walls of the citadel that once protected the city many centuries ago. The museum teaches us about the history of Jerusalem and its ties to all major religions located here-Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Hundreds of thousands visit this museum every year to not only tour the fantastic museum, but to also participate in educational programs such as workshops, lectures, and cultural events. If you are interested in touring the museum you will get the chance to witness many different exhibitions such as contemporary art and design, an archaeological garden with artifacts from over 2,800 years ago and so much more. 

We now will continue our journey through Jerusalem and highlighting some of the most important and influential sites for Christianity. Please follow the directions as we will make our way to an incredible church.

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Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Church
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5 Via dolorosa, Jerusalem
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection, is one of the most important sites to Christianity in the entire world. This is where it is believed Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected. Near the entrance of the church there is a large slab of stone to commemorate the location where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial. This stone goes by the name of the Stone of Anointing, and Pilgrims often touch or kiss it as a sign of devotion and respect. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a significant pilgrimage destination for Christians, thousands of pilgrims visit every year to treasure this church as well as walk the Via Dolorosa, something we will also be doing later in this tour. 

Its humble exterior almost blends into its surroundings. What you see is a wooden door within a stone facade, yet it is one of the most influential Christian sites ever. It was originally built in the 4th century by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, who legalized Christianity. His mother, Saint Helena, is said to have discovered the True Cross at this very spot.

The church is now under shared custody with many Christian denominations. The custodians are the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Armenian Apostolic, Coptic Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox, and Syriac Orthodox Churches. With this in mind, the church operates under the agreement of the “Status Quo”. This means that any changes or modifications to the church must be agreed upon by every one of those custodians. 

Within the church, lies the Aedicule. This is a small shrine where the marble tomb of Jesus Christ is believed to have been buried and resurrected. You may visit the Aedicule to pray and pay your respects to the Holy Sepulchre. There is also the Calvary, or Golgotha, where it is said to be the location of Jesus’ crucifixion. 

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a sacred space for all that is holy in the Christian religion. Here you can learn, as well as witness the traditions that began here and continue to thrive to this day.


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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Christian Quarter Road
Map Pin Place 2 Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Map Pin Place 3 Directions
Map Pin Place 4 Jesus Holyland/Via Dolorosa Church
Map Pin Place 5 Directions
Map Pin Place 6 Via Dolorosa Street
Map Pin Place 7 Church of the Condemnation/Church of Flagellation
Map Pin Place 8 St. Anne's Church
Map Pin Place 9 Directions
Map Pin Place 10 Tomb of the Virgin
Map Pin Place 11 Garden of Gethsemane
Map Pin Place 12 The Church of All Nations
Map Pin Place 13 Church of Mary Magdalene
Map Pin Place 14 Dominus Flevit Church
Map Pin Place 15 Directions
Map Pin Place 16 Directions
Map Pin Place 17 Chapel of the Ascension
Map Pin Place 18 Pater Noster Church
Map Pin Place 19 Mount of Olives

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