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Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)

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Address: Via Dolorosa | Old Town, Jerusalem, Israel
Phone Number: 0545673887
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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We loved this. it is such an experience to go through the Stations of the Cross to see where Jesus walked - each stage is marked and it is a very poignant experience. Even if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Bracknell, United Kingdom

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved this. it is such an experience to go through the Stations of the Cross to see where Jesus walked - each stage is marked and it is a very poignant experience. Even if not religious you can feel the pain of him carrying the cross and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

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Hingham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is a little difficult to find each station but they are marked with roman numerals. One of my favorite parts of the walk is approaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre towards the where there is a big banner in honor of the Coptic Christians murdered in Libya and then walking through all the different Christian sections of the... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Another of the sights of Jerusalem you'll eventually find yourself at. You can choose to do it by the stops as the Christian ceremony goes, or just walk part of it and see if you can find the stops by themselves. There's an option to rent a cross and take it all the way towards the Church of the Holy... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk toward the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was repulsive. As we, Christian pilgrims, were trying to be reverent in the footsteps of Jesus, a market distracted us with its vendors and merchants. There was little respect for the holy pathway and people who have dreamed about this place for their entire lifetime. We do not want to buy,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Make no mistake, the stations of the cross are traditional and not actual settings where particular events took place. To the pious they may represent their saviour's suffering and sacrifice, to the traders they are an excellent marketing opportunity, and probably have been since the inception of the Via Dolorosa. One Palestinian boy was very concerned for me, "Sir you... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Via Dolorosa can be quite vague if you have no idea of the events at each station, as they are only marked by Roman numerals. We were fortunate to join the 3pm procession of the Franciscan monks from station 1 to the last station with explanations of the importance of each station, the chanting and the very spirit of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if this isn't the actual path that Christ was walked with his cross, it was sooo worth it. It helps you to get a better concept of how much work it would have been. Each stop has a landmark letting you know what stage he was at. It reminds one of how much Christ endured, and was worth the... More 

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Cleves, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Via Dolorosa could be difficult to follow, you should decide whether you are on a Pilgrimage or there for secular reasons. Be able to walk up hills, steps and uneven roadways. Secular reason, the walk could be about three or so Futbol Fields long. Have a MAP. Mostly very crowded cobbled narrow lanes, mostly lined with shops and houses.... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are religious I am sure you will find this walk uplifting and if you are not religious you will still find this a very interesting experience. Here you will find yourself in the midst of ancient history as well as the hustle and bustle of everyday life in old Jerusalem. Forget the jostling of so may people, hold... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were returning from our walk up and then down the Mount of Olives with a plan to walk the Via Dolorosa. After reading the many reviews we knew we may not find all the stations. But we were absolutely fortunate that we saw the Franciscan Monks gathering at 3pm outside Station 1. We joined them as they sang and... More 

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