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Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)

Via Dolorosa | Old Town, Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem Tour from Tel Aviv: In the Footsteps of...
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Ranked #26 of 180 Attractions in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Antique Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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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Centurion, South Africa
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

So, our tour guide guided us along here and took us to the 19 or so significant spots along the way. We started at the Lion Gate and ended at the Jaffa Gate. My oh my! By the end of that walking I was way over 10,000 steps, thanks to my pedometer. I expected this to be a solemn path... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Being a Christian it this was very important to me, but i guess some of the stops and the paths are traditional and not the real places. The buildings and the pavements have covered most of the 2000 year old tracks. you do find original pavements from the time of Jesus at point. Its good to have a guide, who... More

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Kontich Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Perhaps not the real way he walked, but all pelgrims beleave it And they create a special atmosphere you must experience

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Valley Center
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Via Dolorosa is now lined with shops and it is difficult to find the stations of the cross without a guide to show you. However, with a guide, it is a nice feeling to know where Jesus stopped, where Veronica wiped Jesus' face, etc. If you are not distracted by the shops, you can still get the feeling of the... More

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Pensacola, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Only some of the "stations" are found or mentioned in the Bible - 9 out of 14. The virtual desecration of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher with it's ornate and quite over the top extreme décor is disappointing. There were a hawkers and trinket-sellers along the way willing to explain stations in return for shopping in their stores for... More

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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I did the walk on my own. It is quite lengthy. Locals are very friendly and you can ask for direction. Sanderman tour offers some free and paid options for the visit of the old city which comprises this as well. Check for the options online. You get to experience the real facts of the bible.

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London, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We visited many of the stages of the cross on the Via Dolorosa, although not all, during our day tour of the city. I did find it totally fascinating, but at the same time obviously fraudulent, because the stages and the hole in the wall where Jesus is supposed to have fallen is obviously not correct, as we see 10... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I found it very interesting, and very humbling to walk along the same route which our Lord took on his way to his crucifixion; it was an extraordinary experience for me. It's important to have a map of the route, to ensure that you go the right way, and also so that you can find the Stations of the Cross,... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The Via Dolorosa or the way of he cross its 14 stations within the old city of Jerusalem ,start where Jesus was condemned to death Pontius Pilatus and ends inside he church of the holy sepulchre.

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Words can not express walking in the footsteps of Jesus. This is a Must Do, 5 Star Activity. The sites along the way were fascinating. The traditional Jewish sects, and some of the Rabbi's in the traditional head wear.

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