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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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Take your time at each point

For Christians this walk is very intense. We took our time at each important place of Via Dolorosa to remind, how Jesus had to suffer for us. If there are less shops on this way... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

For Christians this walk is very intense. We took our time at each important place of Via Dolorosa to remind, how Jesus had to suffer for us. If there are less shops on this way , I wouldn't mind.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

For the Christian, this is a MUST do. when you see the streets and think about what took place there, the emotion can overcome you. To imagine carrying a heavy cross after being beaten and the steep hills that Christ would have had to carry it...you cannot help but be moved.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you want to walk where Jesus walked to be crucified, you must do this. We had a guide and he took us to the stations of the cross which are marked along the way. Religious history at it's best.

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Our tour made the Way of the Cross on an early Saturday morning. There were few people along the way. We actually carried a large cross which reminded us of the heavy burden Jesus carried. The different stations are clearly marked along the way. Some of the stations are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre so we had to... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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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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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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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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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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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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