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The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa

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The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa

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With a local guide in the lead and coach transport provided from Old City Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, you’re all set to explore Bethlehem. Manger Square, Church of the Nativity, and the Shepherds’ Field Chapel are among the many highlights on this half-day sightseeing itinerary. A walking tour is included.
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Kim G wrote a review Nov 2020
Pacific Grove, California3,123 contributions175 helpful votes
In Latin, the "Way of Grief" or "Way of Suffering" is a humbling experience for the Christian Pilgrim. Definitely a must do experience, traveling this venerated Via, where Jesus was tried and carried His cross to His crucifiction. We unfortunately found several of the Stations closed when we walked the Via Dolorosa, but found it a moving experience none-the-less. Try not to get distracted by all of the bustling people and shops along the way; you may return to shop after completing the journey if you wish. I brought my Bible to read the Scriptural reference at each of the Stations along the way. TIP: We first toured "The Kotel", which leads through the Western Wall Tunnels, were we emerged at the end, onto the start of the Via Dolorosa. For the best experience on the Via Dolorosa, try to walk early, or after the tours of Christian pilgrims depart for the day, as it can get extremely congested, both on the processional route and at the conclusion in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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The Weak Knee Traveler wrote a review Nov 2020
Singapore, Singapore11,217 contributions628 helpful votes
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This is said to be the route which Jesus took, bearing the cross, on his way to be crucified. A definite must do for believers.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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FredPurdue wrote a review Jun 2020
Seattle, Washington2,240 contributions593 helpful votes
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Eliminate the smartphones and this could be as it was in the time of Jesus. We were here on a pilgrimage, but my focus in the review is on photography. It is challenging. It will be crowded and the footing is slick and uneven, so be mindful of where you are. It is street photography, although if on a tour you will stop a few times and the guide will chat. Travel light, a DSRL with a zoom lens or even a pocket camera will suffice. Plan ahead by setting exposure, speed, ISO, etc. Expect post-processing and tossing many shots.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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BillPNo1 wrote a review May 2020
Friendswood, Texas687 contributions145 helpful votes
The Via Dolorosa - The Way of the Cross is a winding path through the ancient Old City of Jerusalem tracing the route that Our Lord carried His Cross on His way to be crucified on Calvary. This is a awe-inspiring and inspirational journey that any Pilgrim to the Holy Land must take. 2,000 years of development along the Via Dolorosa has camoflaged and, in some places, obliterated the original route. In fact, the final three of the fourteen Stations are now all located in one place: outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (rather than in the original locations which are inside or underneath the Church itself). It is best to go in the very early morning, before the shops and stalls of the Old City fully come to life in order to experience the Via Dolorosa in its best light and with a minimum of current, modern distraction. Because of the cobblestone paving along the whole way, and the many sloping areas and steps in places, The Way of Th Cross is not very ADA compliant and wakers and/or wheelchairs will have difficulty managing its length.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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ECLadines wrote a review Apr 2020
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions223 helpful votes
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This is it - the culmination of our Holy Land pilgrimage across 4 countries and territories (Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine). It's a must-do for Catholics here. Everyone in our group had the opportunity to carry the Cross and read the Stations of the Cross in a narrow marketplace similar to the 1st Good Friday scenes. It's approximately 600 meter route believed to follow the path of Jesus.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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