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Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)

Address: Via Dolorosa | Old Town, Jerusalem, Israel
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Antique Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Starting at St. Stephen's (Lions') Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the...
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Type: Historic Sites, Antique Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had our walk in a rainy Jerusalem and I think we were therefor lucky! Otherwise it should have been to many tourists. We also did this sad and sensitive walk during winter. A guide told us that it can be 200 tourists in these narrow alleys, God help us! So we could now easily find the marked way. Start... More 

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marlon NJ
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was the fourth time I have walked the Via Dolorosa and each time I learn something new. Each tour guide gives you a different insight. There are lots of shops along the way , even tho we did not stop. You get to walk the steps of Jesus , and there are landmarks along the way. Just be careful... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

You don't need a guide to find... Of course a guide can give you good information and provide good details, but if you check on internet (sites, blogs etc) you can download and print good maps and pictures of each station. If you will not have a guide... the pictures are important, because the Stations have no highlighted marks, only... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

This was great and interesting to do but it is purely based on the Bible. We went around Easter time and that was crazy. The stops along the way take you through Jerusalem and are great to see, but it wasn't too significant for us

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Melbourne, Australia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The Via Dolorosa is pure tradition - very interesting but also it can be crowded, vendors may or may not approach you, and you have to be leery of pick-pockets. It is worth one stroll and, if you like visiting stations of the cross, this is the place for you

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Zagare, Siauliu Apskritis, Lithuania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

For many Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem, the most important and meaningful thing they will do while in the city is walk the Via Dolorosa, the route that Jesus took between his condemnation by Pilate and his crucifixion and burial. The Via Dolorosa pilgrimage is followed by Christians of many denominations, but especially Catholics and Orthodox.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

My pilgrimage group carried the cross down and up the Via Dolorosa. Everyone helped each other changing hands after each of the stations of the cross. It was a very moving experience. The streets are lined with shops, and the street mobbed with people, but they move aside for our group. We were treated with great respect, which under the... More 

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Warwickshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Very interesting in the maze that is Jerusalem. Colourful atmosphere, and LOTS of steps. How disabled people see Jerusalem I do not know

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East Anglia, United Kingdom
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171 reviews 171 reviews
46 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The way of the cross now winds between shops and the market up steps etc it is not an easy walk without a cross to bear. Each station of the cross has a large round plate on the wall and a leaflet with a map explaining the route cost $1 from various vendors along the way. The last 5 stations... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Lots to see and good people watching. Sometimes it is really crowded. Avoid eye contact with shop keepers unless you are really interested in their wares. This is unlikely to be the route that Jesus actually walked on his way to his murder but there are important meanings for Christians.

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