Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu

Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Jerusalem

Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu

Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu
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Betsy G
North Canton, OH46 contributions
A Moving Experience
Feb 2020
This is a must see. The church is beautiful and the lower levels are amazing. It really gives you the feeling of what our Lord went through during his last hours.
Written June 19, 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,239 contributions
Important religious site but also the architecture woos the photographer
Feb 2020
We visited with a pilgrimage, so this was an important stop religiously, but also quite interesting for making photographs. All days for the visitor in Jerusalem are long and tiring, but this one is rewarding. The highlight personally was the door of the church depicting Peter. As to the gear to bring, a pocket camera or DSLR with a zoom lens will suffice. The church architecture features the dome and the nice thing is you can see it from the road.
Written May 30, 2020
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX690 contributions
The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu
Jul 2019
The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu marks the location of Jesus' Passion, Scourging, and condemnation to death; and the location of St. Peter's triple denial of Our Lord.
Although a more modern church is built over the ancient remains and ruins thought to have been where Christ was confined and where the steps lead down to the city and Calvary where he was crucified. It was here that Jesus Christ spent the night of His Passion.
Although, probably because of the more recent modern church which has been built here, this site isn't quite as awe-inspiring as other Holy Places in Jerusalem such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - but it probably should be!
The church is significantly marked with a golden windvane in the shape of a cock on the roof representing the "cock that crowed three times" while St. Peter denied Our Lord on the original Holy Thursday.
Written May 5, 2020
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions
Rejection and redemption
Apr 2020
One of the most important churches in Mt. Zion. The place commemorates Peter's triple rejection of Jesus, and also his repentance. There is a shrine down the church which reflects Jesus' suffering inside a sacred pit. It is believed that Jesus might have been confined there after his arrest and was scourged. Can't imagine if you're alone inside this dungeon, there's full of suffering here.
Written April 23, 2020
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DQShaw
York, ME1,345 contributions
Important place for Christians to visit
Jan 2020
We went as part of a guided tour. Having a guide gives much more insight even though I grew up hearing the stories of St. Peter's denial. It is an important place for Christians to visit. The cobble stone road next to the church dates back over 2,000 years.
Written March 19, 2020
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Al R
Atlanta, GA91 contributions
Very meaningful Christian site
Feb 2020
This church is built over the ruins of the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was brought from the Garden of Gethsemane and kept overnight in a pit or dungeon. One can go down and see the ruins of the house under the church and actually enter the pit where they think Christ was kept. In the Courtyard of the house is where Peter denied Jesus 3 times before the cock crowed. Gallicantu is Latin for "cockcrow"
Written March 11, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,194 contributions
House of Caiaphas and St Peter’s Denial
Jan 2020
The Church of St Peter of Gallicantu (Latin for ‘cockcrow’) was built in 1930 on the foundations of previous Byzantine and Crusader churches and consists of 4 different levels. The site is managed by a French Catholic order, so many of the inscriptions in the church are in French. The church is located on the site of the house of the Jewish high priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was taken after His arrest. It was there in the courtyard that Apostle Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed, as Jesus predicted. The church is contemporary and has beautiful stained glass and murals depicting Peter’s denial, his immediate repentance, and his later reconciliation with Jesus after the Resurrection. What is totally unexpected is that the lower levels of the church contain a guardroom and dungeon! The dungeon could only be accessed by a narrow shaft from above. A picture depicts how Jesus would have been harnessed and lowered to the cell the night after His arrest. From the lower levels, you enter the guardroom where prisoners were flogged and the dungeon, known as Christ’s cell or the Sacred Pit. It is chilling! I was overwhelmed by the reality of what occurred here. Outside, view the stone street that dates to the time of Jesus. Jesus and His disciples would have walked this way from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane.
Written March 7, 2020
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AnnJo
146 contributions
Tranquil & Sorrowful, important place to visit for Christians
Feb 2020 • Friends
One of most touching place I have ever visited, beautiful modern church was built on the historical site, the place where Jesus was held on trial by the Jewish high priest, Caiaphas, kept one night inside a pit, He was lowered down into the pit through a hole. A site where said to be 3x denial said out by St. Peter before the cock crowed, one of His love most disciple, as He had forseen and fortold during the Last Supper shared with all His disciples. We had a chance to pray in the pit, took a silent moment to imagine the agony scene inside our head, chanting Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. How lonely as a human He must have been that very night in Bethlehem.
Written February 13, 2020
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charles g
Laurel, NY91 contributions
Only on a tour
Feb 2020
Without the story, this is only another church. If you have a guide to explain the background, it's worth a 30 minute visit.
Written February 12, 2020
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Suslik
Lviv, Ukraine18 contributions
Beautiful church
Jan 2020
This Church stands not far from the Zion Gate and it is very close to Dormition Abbey. You can find it just using the map of Old City. It's a new looking building, but under it there are very old chambers and passages. And you must pay, if you want to visit this Church.
Written February 8, 2020
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