Pinsteps. The doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the ascent to a Calvary

Just beyond the entrance doors on the right, the staircase ascends to the Golgotha. Locked windows can be seen in the wooden doors. They allow monks to hand over the church's keys to the Muslim family, who hold the right to keep the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This is according to the decision of Saladin, who conquered Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187. The doors are locked every evening. The keys are given to the family of the church keepers. Every morning the keys are handed over to the church monks, and doors reopen.


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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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