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!
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