Pinsteps. Empty Tomb, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Most Christian denominations believe that the body of Jesus lay in the cave that was in this place. The crucifixion and burial took place on Friday. It seems that because of the Sabbath entry, they did not have time to prepare the cave properly or had to go back and complete the smoking of the incense and other things related to the layering ceremony. The closest time it was possible to do so was the first day after Shabbat. According to the Gospels, they come and saw an angel saying: "What are you looking for alive among the dead?" Jesus resurrected. Thus Sunday of the week became the holiest day in Christianity. St. Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, discovered all the sacred sites of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Helena and Constantine built a church with a dome over the cave. Its diameter was similar to the one we see today. Over time, amid various destructions and restorations, the Crusaders erected a small chapel at the cave site known as the Empty Tomb by the Catholics or Kobokalia by the Orthodox.


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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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