The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

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    Christianity's Most Sacred Site (2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 15, 2013

    Part two of my tips with more pictures.

    We all know that Christianity's Most Sacred Site is the Church of The Holy Sepulchre as this huge church complex is the biblical site of the Crucifixion, Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many Christian Denominations have their Popes, Patriarchs, Bishops, Metropolitan Heads and more, but all of them bow to the Magnificence of the Church as this is the most holy site in Christianity. The Church has a long history of conquest, rivalries,mfights and more during it's more than 1700 years of existence as it was renovated multiple times since Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, the first Roman Christian Emperor, made a pilgrimage to the holy land and found fragments of the true cross among the stone foundry ruins in the old walls of Jerusalem in 330 AD and she identified the site as Calvary (Golgotha). The most prominent attractions inside are the Aedicule (the burial place of Jesus hence the Holy Sepulchre), the Crucifixion Site, the stone of unction, the Jesus Prison, the Catholicon and more and are spread around the Different Christian Denomination Areas of the Church of which the Greek Orthodox Church has the Lions Share.

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located in Jerusalem, between Suq Khan e-Zeit and Christian Quarter Rd. . The Church is open daily from 05:00 AM to 8:00 PM in the summer (April to September) and from 05:00 AM to 7:00 PM from October to March.

    Admission to the site of the Holy Sepulchre is free!

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    The AEDICULE

    by machomikemd Written Oct 15, 2013

    The Aedicule is located in a small rotunda in the Central Part of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and is considered the most important part of the Church as this is th biblical site where Jesus was buried and rose after 3 days. The aedicule consists of two chambers, the Bigger Chapel of the Angel and the very small chamber with a granite stone adorned with incense and flowers and religious items, which is the spot of the Burial Site of Jesus. The line going to the Aedicule might take 1 to 2 hours depending if there is a religous holiday and pilgrims are only allowed 10 seconds or less to go inside and pray (and take picture and videos).

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    Mary fell into Holy Sleep here

    by apbeaches Updated Jul 24, 2015

    Daily the church opens at 4:00 in the morning and it closes between 7.00 pm, and at 9.00 pm between April and September.

    According to Eusebius of Caesarea, the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD built a temple dedicated to the Roman goddess Venus in order to bury the cave in which Jesus had been buried. The first Christian emperor, Constantine the Great, ordered in about 325/326 that the temple be replaced by a church. During the building of the Church, Constantine's mother, Helena, is believed to have rediscovered the "True Cross", and a tomb. Socrates Scholasticus (born c. 380), in his Ecclesiastical History, gives a full description of this discovery.

    According to tradition, Constantine arranged for the rockface to be removed from around the tomb, without harming it, in order to isolate the tomb; in the center of the rotunda is a small building called the Aedicule, which encloses this tomb. The remains are completely enveloped by a marble sheath placed some 500 years before to protect the ledge from Ottoman attacks. However, there are several thick window wells extending through the marble sheath, from the interior to the exterior that are not marble clad. They appear to reveal an underlying limestone rock, which may be part of the original living rock of the tomb.

    The Bible describes Jesus' tomb as being outside the city wall, as was normal for burials across the ancient world, which were regarded as unclean. Today, the site of the Church is within the current walls of the old city of Jerusalem. Archaeologists beliee that in the time of Jesus, the walled city was smaller and the wall then was to the East of the current site of the Church. Today the church is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Old City of Jerusalem.

    Inside the church is a rocky outcropping which is the traditional place where the cross was placed. Archaeological excavations show that this site was outside the city but close to one of its gates and thus would have been a good location for a crucifixion. Today this chapel is controlled by the Greek Orthodox Church. The Edicule preserves the location of Christ's tomb. Though the cave here was carved away by a Muslim ruler 1000 years ago, a clear history remains that this has been the revered location of the tomb. Al-Hakim's efforts to destroy the tomb (and Christianity) in 1009 were not the first.

    Earlier the Roman emperor Hadrian erected a large platform of earth over the whole area for the construction of a temple to Venus. When Constantine converted the empire to Christianity, he had the pagan temples dismantled, the earth removed and a church built over the spot.

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    Stone of Unction - Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    by Mikebb Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    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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