Pinsteps. The descent from Calvary to the stone of anointment, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

According to tradition, on this stone, they placed the body of Jesus after being taken down from the cross. On this stone, the body was washed, perfumed, and wrapped in a shroud. The body was then brought to the burial cave, the entrance to which was closed with a rolling stone. This burial ceremony was typical in Judaism at that time. They have buried the dead in caves, blocking the opening with large rocks to prevent access to wildlife animals. The bodies were not buried in the ground; there was no available land for that purpose. Therefore, it was necessary to use incense, which was smoked in the burial caves, to prevent foul odors. Today, many believers believe that the anointing stone secretes myrrh oil - one of the incenses used in burial. On this stone, it is customary to sanctify various objects.

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Jerusalem Old City Holy Sepulcher and Wailing Wall

The trip takes us from the Jaffa Gate through the Christian Quarter to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After that, we will visit Golgotha, the stone of anointing, burial, and resurrection, St. Helena Chapel - the site where the Holy cross was found. Further, the route passes through Muristan to the Jewish Quarter, Kardo Street, excavations of the walls of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus, the mosaic of Madaba, the Hurva Synagogue, the Menorah, the panorama of the Olive and Temple Mountains, the Wailing Wall. Finally, we return to the Jaffa Gate through the Muslim Quarter, the monuments of the Mamluk architecture, and the street of David.

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