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The Interior of the Holy Sepulcher
When you enter the Holy Sepulcher it's very dark. The first thing you will see is the slab of stone which is called the Stone of Unction. If you go to the your right and you will find a stairway to the Calvary, It is in the rockface against which is a fixed huge steel cross. It's situated behind the spot where the wooden cross of Golgotha would have stood. The platform of Calvary is raised about 5 m above the floor, it contains the last four stations. it is divided into two chapels, Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic. The 10th and 11th stations are where Jesus was nailed to the cross and they are in the Latin chapel.
If you go left from the Stone of Unction you find Christ's Tomb. NO PICTURES ARE ALLOWED. You may enter it, but it only holds about 5 people at a time. This is a very sacred place for Christians as many believe this is the actual tomb.
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Do as all the pilgrims do:...
Do as all the pilgrims do: walk the Via Dolorosa and end up in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (pic).
Apart from seeing many parts of Jerusalem, it will bring you into the right mood to appreciate all the religious art.
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Stone of Unction - Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This is where the annointing and wrapping of Christ's body after his death has been commemorated since medieval times. The present stone was laid in 1810.
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