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“Crowded and Gaudy” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Suq Khan e-Zeit and Christian Quarter Road. | Christian Quarter, Jerusalem, Israel
02627-3314
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Ranked #18 of 174 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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“Crowded and Gaudy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The building itself is really wonderful, especially inside the dome when the light shines down.
If you're not religious it's an interesting place to look around but other than that it doesn't hold much appeal. The history behind the building (and the immovable ladder) are much more interesting.
The alleged site of Christ's tomb maybe best left to those who truly believe - we found the tiny room a little strange and though we were hoping for a sense of serenity we found nothing of the sort there. The queue to get in is also enough to make you weep (we stood in line for nearly 2 hours).
There are far more impressive buildings in Jerusalem for those who are visiting for more aesthetic reasons, but it's definitely something worth seeing once.

Visited March 2012
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“too much tourism”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I don't mean to much people; I mean that there was people with there hands on the Sepulchre smile to their friend taking a picture of them: what about the sacred spirit of the place..Anyhow It's very nice as from the spiritual as from the architectural point of view. All the Church is beautiful; take your time and go visiting each corner, upstairs also.

Visited October 2012
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“a must see, but very disappointed...in humanity”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Traditional location of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, but... there are three denominations within that one church that literally argue over their territory and rights in there. A cold place that surely Jesus frowns upon, whether it is the correct location or not. And really not enough evidence of authenticity to override my disappointment in the atmosphere. My vote is for the Garden Tomb!

Visited September 2012
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“A must for Christians but not only for them”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

At the church Jesus was crucified by the Romans, buried, etc
It is a must jorney in Jerusalem.
It is a pity that the organization at the church by the armenians is bad and that causes you to wait a lot (sometimes more than in a hour) at the tumb of Jesus, people push one another to get to every place.

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“Something between Bizarre and Bazar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I've lived in Jerusalem for 30 years and still like having a walk through this church. I'm not sure how I would feel if I were looking for a spiritual experience, but for a feel of history, this place has seen it all. For some reason (something to do with Omar who has a mosque outside) the Muslims decided to not destroy this after they finally expelled the Crusaders. Since then it has undergone hodge podge repairs and extensions. Make sure you go all the way to the lowest underground hall and also when you leave the main door, go to your left and into the small Ethiopian church, and up those stairs. You will end up on the roof of the church and there are huts there where some Ethiopian priests live, and some more churches and a station of the cross. Enjoy!

Visited September 2012
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