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Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)

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Address: Via Dolorosa | Old Town, Jerusalem, Israel
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Starting at St. Stephen's (Lions') Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old...
Starting at St. Stephen's (Lions') Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, this is the route Jesus is said to have followed as he carried the Cross to his crucifixion.
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Visiting this place is so special specially for christian people. It is a place full of emotionf and peace.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Visiting this place is so special specially for christian people. It is a place full of emotionf and peace.

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Pensacola, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is the route Jesus took as he carried his cross to Calvary, The Way of Sorrows. What made it special for us is that our group did The Stations Of The Cross at dawn from The Chapel of the Flagellation all the way to Calvary at The Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The city has obviously been enlarged since... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I think I expected too much from this trip. I don't know why I always thought that Via Dolorosa is one of the super important places for Christians, a mistical place where you just keep silence, pray during the walk, think etc. If you think that way, prepare to be disappointed. Most of the Via Dolorosa goes through crowded, laud... More 

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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I was there in February during the unexpected snow storm in Jerusalem. So we were very careful and didn't try to walk the entire path. We came out of the Rabinical Tunnels to the Via Dolorosa and I was amazed at how many merchants there were - you can buy just about anything here.

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Newport Beach, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Not at all what we expected. Lacked any sense of spirituality. Completely lined with peddlers insisting you buy what they were selling. The final stations end in the Church of the Agony and one is able to spend some quiet time in prayer and contemplation there unlike the first 10 stations.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Every Friday at 3pm the procession starts in the Muslim Quarter and winds its' way to the Holy Sepulcher. Make sure you get there at least 15 minutes to the start since it begins inside a church. The rest of the old city does not stop for the procession, expect to be fighting other pedestrian traffic, annoyed secular tourists, muslim... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Walking the same path as Jesus did on His way to the Cross some 2000 + years ago is a most memorable experience for Christians all over the world. The Via Dolorosa includes 14 stations starting from Ecce Homo (where Jesus was questioned by Pontius Pilate) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (where Jesus was crucified at Golgotha). Today... More 

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College Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The Via Dolorosa marks all 12 stations of the cross. It has been very commercialized, and the best falafel you'll ever taste is at the fifth station. This is a must to route for religious historians

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I was really shocked to see how dirty, crowded & how it was full of merchants along the walk. It was quite sad actually. Although my son & I enjoyed the entire walk, you must watch out for the crowd. Hold your belongings closely. We never felt scared or uneasy but just a warning. The people are very friendly &... More 

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Burkesville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Nothing more aggravating than walking the way of the cross and being hindered by merchants. I have walked this several times on other trips. Although I am Protestant, there is a lot of meaning to the stations.

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