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Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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6 Day Classic Israel Tour
Ranked #9 of 315 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Reviewed February 13, 2013

It might be best to either use a guide or read the history before or as you go, to fully appreciate all there is to see. There are many different important spots to take in. This might not have been a highlight my trip, as rather convoluted, but certainly worthwhile and important .

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

I did enjoying touching the place where Christ was crucified and where he was buried but I am not at all pleased at the condition of the Church What hypocrisy there is with those responsible for the care of this Church. They are busy swinging incense and reciting prayers but hate their neighbors. Shame on them. Don't be surprised at the horrible condition of this church.; It is covered with the sins of those who are so called religious organizations. Doesn't the bible say, " first leave your gift at the altar and go and make up with your brother" Is this happening? I think not.

Thank sjebuffetfan
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Full of "bells and smells" this very ancient edifice purports to be the site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. The site was only identified as such by Queen Helena of Byzantium over 300 years after the event. Before that a Roman temple to Aphrodite/Venus apparently stood on the site. Today the building is jointing maintained by several orthodox denominations, including the Roman Catholics, the Greek Orthodox, the Eastern Orthodox, and the Oriental Orthodox churches. Unfortunately, rather than displaying examples of brotherly love as taught by Jesus, these four denominations have been involved in a host of disputes from minor squabbles to knock-down drag-out fights over the centuries. The so-called "Immovable Ladder" which has remained on the outside facade over the main entrance for over 150 years is a case in point. Very disappointing.

4  Thank AshevilleBill
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

This place can get busy so pick a time early in the day before the crowds get here. You should take lots of picks, but will need a flash at is extremely dark in here. A guide would be very helpful for this location there is a lot to take in here.

Thank kyms9
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

It is cramped, sprawling, noisy sometimes smelly ( too many people, too much incense, and lack of deodorant) our guide showed us a section that proofs that once this area was outside the city walls, the Jews would not bury their dead inside the city, well, inside the church there is a tomb carved in the rock which is the same style of the one Jesus would have being put to rest, there is also a quarry where they took sheets of stone to build.. a floor down..ask your guide.. interestingly enough not a lot of people here, very interesting.

Thank Nala1111
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