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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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To walk this path is important for Christians. Today it is paved but it is mostly uphill and hot which makes it even more difficult. It gets very crowded as it is lined with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

To walk this path is important for Christians. Today it is paved but it is mostly uphill and hot which makes it even more difficult. It gets very crowded as it is lined with shops and shoppers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A trail that winds through the Old City, we walked the route of Jesus as he carried the cross. The 14 stations of the cross are marked, and this was a very powerful and emotional experience for me. I was able to block out the Arab Market, which now runs along the course and just focus on Jesus and what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I would suggest that pilgrims as well as the general tourist hire a guide to make your way through the street mazes. With a guide, you will see each station of the cross , and hear the actual history of what happened at the particular station. One must remember they are in various locations..outside of a church...over the doorpost of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Via Dolorosa starts by the St.Stephen´s / Lion Gate of Jerusalem and proceeds through the Moslem Quarter and into the Christian Quarter, where the way ends inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Walking along this narrow way is not easy especially in the summerheat, way goes constantly uphill with many steps up and down, so be prepared to have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The Via Dolorosa should be an opportunity for reflection and thoughtful prayer. It is that at times -- but mostly not until the very end when you reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (which also has some chaos of its own). Along the route, which passes mostly through the Muslim quarter of the Old City, there is. Complete disregard... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I was completely unaware of the Catholic and Orthodox Stations of the Cross until a few years ago when I noticed them in a Catholic Basilica. So I read up on them before visiting Jerusalem and made notes on the various Stations and how to find them. I did not have a map of the Stations which would have helped... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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

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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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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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