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“A symbolic route for everyone who is in any way related to Christianity”

Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Starting at St. Stephen's (Lions') Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, this is the route Jesus is said to have followed as he carried the Cross to his crucifixion.
Reviewed December 24, 2012

Since I was raised in Christian culture, taking a walk along the Via Dolorosa always ranked high on my traveller's wish list. However before the opportunity occured - actually, as part of my "preparation study" - I learned that the modern science has long proved that this particular street just couldn't be the Christ's last route. It is even known which physical objects in reality occupied those spots which are officially regarded as the places of trial, condemnation, flagellation etc... As well as where the Pilate's "headquarters" could really be. Besides, the majority of the Stations were actually invented by Catholic Christian (Franciscan, to be precise) authorities long after the Gospels was written.
Having learned all that, my perception of course changed. However it was anyway so thrilling to go all the way from the Lion's gate to the Holy Sepulchre! Yes it is true that Via Dolorosa is a symbol of Christian faith rather then the actual route walked by Christ on His way to Golgotha. But as such, it is no less interesting and being there is no less exciting. This is the place to admire the ages-old culture and history of mankind - and of one of the main religions of mankind. The route presents a lot of food for mind and soul, a lot to wonder at. It's first part is located in the Muslim Quarter, surrounded by some of the Muslim landmarks. All the Stations are "divided" between different Christian confessions, each one with it's own specifc approach and character. And, of course, people-watching all along the way - tourists and locals, pilgrms and sellers... All in all, an unforgettable scenery!

1  Thank Lev M
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We toured the old city using an audio guide that we found at the Tour office right in front of David's gate.
It was great because you can easily follow the different paths on the map that is provided by the tour company. The Via Dolorosa was explained very well and is easy to walk, even for children or older citizens.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

very interesting places in specially the different stations wich jesus passed on the last way to crucifixion.the church of the holly sepulcre is the highest point of this way.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

The "Stations of the Cross" markers along the way are what differentiate the Via Dolorosa from the other shopping streets of the Old City. They supposedly memorialize the route of the Roman procession which led Jesus to his crucifixion. The churches along the way are different Christian sects' claims on the life of Jesus. Go into as many as you can to see how the different subdivisions of Christianity celebrate and interpret his life, death and resurrection.

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is maybe the most sad street on earth, located in the old Jerusalem, where the Jesus Christ took on the way to Golgotha...

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