This church can be a bit overwhelming. The combination of poor lighting with the throngs of visitors takes away from the overall experience. On the day of my visit the visitors were very un polite, they were very loud, thus not respecting the sacredness of the place. The principal reason to visit this church is to visit the places relating to the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It is advisable to become familiar with the floor plan of the church or bring a plan (if you can read fine print in low light) as the church has many chapels and interesting spots that can easily be missed. Overall the best advise I can give is to come with plenty of time and patience. If you are interested in partaking in a religious service at the church you can always joint a group of pilgrims that come with their own priest. I jointed a group of Italian pilgrims in their celebration of the Eucharist in the Franciscan chapel of the Apparition and it was a beautiful and rewarding experience. If you do this please be mindful that you will have to stay for the duration of their celebration and please do not behave like a tourist by taking pictures and video. Take the time to enjoy the celebration and you will have a memory in your heart better than any photograph or video.
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