Christ's Tomb

Christ's Tomb, Jerusalem

Christ's Tomb
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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also called the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a church within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem. It is a few steps away from the Muristan. The site is venerated as Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where Jesus was crucified, and is said also to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the Sepulchre). A trend among visitors to the spot (standing outside the Church) is to applaud loudly during the ringing of bells. This is to recognize the unique beauty of the Church and its unique history.
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions
Apr 2020
This is the longest queue in Holy Land pilgrimage, so you must be early or you miss the rest of your itinerary for the day. This Edicule of 'little house' is a living worship with daily fervent rounds of incensing and procession. Like in the Church of the Nativity, a very low doorway (as in approaching God in humility) leads you to the tomb chamber. Inside were 2 rooms, the Angel's Stone and the Tomb itself. Before you could even say a little prayer (no photos allowed inside), you'll be instructed to immediately leave - no worries for the sake of everybody behind.
Written April 28, 2020
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA854 contributions
Nov 2019
We stopped by the church three times, but continued our visit of the old city as the crowds were huge and the yard in front of the church was full of tourists waiting for the chance to visit it. It was in mid afternoon that we stopped again, this time the crowed seemed manageable and we got in. The place was still full of tourists, talking loud, waiting to kiss the stone Christ's body was supposed to have been laid on, or to squeeze into the small area believed to be His tomb. Under less crowded circumstances the church would be a much more interesting place to visit but, its architectural/aesthetic features are far exceeded by its religious importance to all Christians. It's one of those places that you would not like to miss when visiting Jerusalem for the first time. On our way out, somewhere in a small chapel, with no tourists in attendance (!), a group of Ethiopian monks were chanting and singing, and the tone of their songs, the dark tall walls around and the awareness that you are in what is perhaps the most important Christian church, a kind of take you somewhere, out of this world ...
Written July 12, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Jan 2020
The empty Tomb of Christ sits in the Rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This holy place venerated for centuries marks the location where Jesus lay buried for three days, and where He rose from the dead. The actual tomb (sepulcher) is enclosed in a magnificent 19th-century shrine called the Edicule meaning ‘little house’ in Latin. There are 2 separate chambers. The first is the Chapel of the Angel with a pedestal displaying a piece of the stone that was used to close the tomb. From there you’ll enter the actual tomb chamber through a low doorway. The chamber is lined with marble and decorated with holy artwork and candles. A rock bench on which the body of Jesus was placed is covered with a marble slab that is venerated. No matter the time of day, expect a line of pilgrims waiting their turn to enter Christ’s Tomb. Greek Orthodox priests monitor entry, and you won’t be given much time. No photography is allowed inside the Edicule. Our group waited in line a little less than an hour, and the visit was over in minutes. It’s emotionally overwhelming, and I didn’t really absorb what happened until I reflected on the experience afterwards. I would have loved to enter the tomb again (and again) but given the crowds and limited time, it wasn’t possible. A large restoration effort was completed in 2017 that cleaned the exterior of the Edicule and removed the iron girders that had held it together for 70 years. Hopefully the Christian denominations that share ownership of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre can work together to preserve this treasure.
Written March 9, 2020
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Hank H
Virginia432 contributions
Jan 2020
... you are part of a planned tour, and not just showing up at a random time, like the thousands of others who come here. If I had done the latter, I would no doubt have been just as put off as the other reviewers of this site were. I signed up to be part of a preplanned tour that enabled me to attend Holy Mass inside (yes, inside) the tomb itself at a preset time very early in the morning. As such, my experience was totally different. It was private, mystical, and very inspirational. It was the centerpiece of my three days in Jerusalem and I wouldn't trade it for anything. If you are biblically-inclined, and believe in the thousand+ years of tradition (if not ironclad scientific evidence) that holds that this place is indeed the very location of Jesus' burial, then this is a must-see site, well worth traveling half way across the world to see and experience.

TIP: Arrange for a private tour/religious service in advance and endure whatever inconvenience is required (for me it was sleep deprivation) to make this visit the inspiration it should be. The memory will be with you forever.
Written February 3, 2020
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Christina H
Pasig, Philippines67 contributions
Oct 2019
Sacred place inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was way too guarded & restricted, We lined up for more than an hour but when we got in, we were herded out within seconds by the priests in black. They were shouting at every one that almost took the sacredness of the experience away. The Table of the Annointing at the entrance was a lot better as everyone felt free to approach, touch & spend time praying.
Written January 10, 2020
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yaki a
Tel Aviv, Israel389 contributions
Mar 2022 • Business
Great place to visit with a guide, had a lot of history behind it. Massive amount of visitors every day.
Try not to visit and “just walk”, havre a guide or an audio guide( no audio guide on premise - download in advance )
Written April 23, 2022
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teddy1014
Brooklyn, NY178 contributions
Jan 2020
Both the church and the tomb gets very crowded in mid-day, making it impossible to appreciate its history. Best to arrive early in the morning, as early as 5am on some days. The church is controlled by different Christian sects, and each part is decorated very differently. As a result, you can really spend 2-3 hours here, even though the square footage of the church itself is quite small.
Written December 1, 2020
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Vitor A
Lisbon, Portugal807 contributions
Jan 2020
Most Christians stay hours in line to touch the place where it is believed that Christ was buried. They want so much to do it, that they don’t pay enough attention to one of the most impressing engineering works in Jerusalem – the church’s dome. Enjoy!
Written March 31, 2020
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Tom L
Klein, TX64 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Practicing Christians MUST visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and its various spiritual landmarks where Jesus died for our sins (Last Supper, Calvary, Tomb, cistern of his Cross.)

Yes, there are crowds, particularly when large tours arrive. Put yourself in the right mindset of 2,000 years ago and imagine the agony of the Via de la Rosa than led to this life saving location. Be prayerful as your moment will come to kneel, kiss the stone, and pray. Lay your cross on the stone for added spirituality.

The Holy Land sites are busy with others just like you wanting an experience of the lifetime. Be grateful that you can absorb the significance where you are. Jesus was a bit crowded and inconvenienced from the time he was arrested at Gethsemane on Holy Thursday until his crucifixion on Good Friday. Rejoice .
Written January 10, 2020
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Jay B
Fairhope, AL775 contributions
Nov 2019
I have to say I agree with many of my fellow reviewers. This place should be solemn and holy, but is not. The crowds and pushing are bad enough, but the "gold and glitter" seem completely out of place. I hate to say it, but I am not sure these places are actually what "they" claim them to be, i.e., the holy places of Christ's death and resurrection. I'm glad I went, but man was I disappointed overall!
Written January 25, 2020
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