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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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One of Religion's Most Famous Streets

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Herts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a mile long devotional route through the Old City of Jerusalem, leading from the Antonia Fortress where Jesus was imprisoned to Golgotha, where he was crucified, which is traditionally the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.There are 14 stations of the cross where different things happened during the journey of Jesus. The road is steep and lined with market... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I looked forward to seeing the Holy Land for much of my life...and I was not disappointed. Israel is a wonderfully hospitable country with so much history to see and so many places to visit. The highlight of my trip was to be the Via Dolorosa. In the early evening I went into the traditional site of the Upper Room... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The street is very crowded but you can clearly see most of the Way of the Cross. Several have been hidden withing churches (to the detriment of the visitor) and the people that live and work there don't have any interest other than selling trinkets. It's a real history lesson of the suffering Christ had to endure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I think it really depends on your guide and how they explain the stations of the cross. Ours was fantastic in helping us envision the way in Jesus' day and what He would have seen. This is a must visit for first time visitors to Jerusalem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

incredible! Wow, a trip that you will tell a 1000 times over. The walk is amazing and the numerous stops along the way of Christ's journey will be something you will remember for the rest of your life. Priceless trip

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

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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