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Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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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 January 22, 2014

One of the holiest site for Christian, this place is a must visit in Jerusalem. The 2 important sections to visit are the tomb and the crucifixion site, which are mostly crowded. Stone of anointing is located near the entrance so there's no need to queue. There are other sites inside the church, but there was no explanation given. Some chapels are available to hold private mass.

Thank Radius W
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is an amazing church, but usually mobbed with people. Our most spiritual times there happened early, like 6 am, while mass was going on. We wandered around then, taking our time in the chapels, visiting the stations of the cross, praying, lighting candles. You can also go later in the day to have it more to yourself.

Thank lorivb
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Of course you are going to want to see this church when you come to Jerusalem, otherwise, why did you come to Jerusalem? Just do yourself a favour and go as early as you possibly can or as late as you can. It gets crazy busy late morn and for most of the rest of the day. We went twice. First time was early afternoon and we just toured all of the places in the church. It is sometimes hard to believe you are in just one church, as so many religions are represented.
There are interesting things to see, but unfortunately I did not know what alot of them were. Oh well, the downside of not reading up or taking a tour. I just looked up the information after my visit, which is just as good I guess.
The first time we went, the lineup to get into the tomb area was huge, so I opted not to stand in line and therefore we went back very early the next morn and stood in just a 5 minutes lineup to get in. Beware of the holy? men. They can be surly and hussle you in and and of this area as if it were on fire. I understand the need for this, for if everyone wanted to stay in the tomb area and weep and lament and carry on, no one would get to see it. So, just a quick in, take your photo, and then you can weep and lament over the photo. It was a bit emotional to see the tomb, but frankly I got more emotional in Bethlehem when i viewed the spot where the baby Jesus was to have been born.

I especially loved the huge entrance door to this church.
Oh did I mention that you should go early?

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

The church was dark and dim with traces of all christian denominations taking care of the place. There were groups travelling to and fro in the church(es) - the place is actually several buildings in a composition, you see lot of cultures and nations, pilgrim groups and just curious tourists - this place is a babel tower in a way.
Best time to visit it is on its opening 6am, Holy sepulchre sanctuary opens after morning holy service on (or before) cca 7 am
There are holy places like crucifixion place, place where the Christ's cross was found, but you need to focus on building your inner peace

Thank Jan S
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

One of the must sees on your history trip in Jerusalem. Loved how silly all the religions can be about protecting their turf. Just wished we could have seen all the "Holy Men" get into a brouhaha like they have been known to do.

Thank ralcrs
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