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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, called the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians, is a Christian church now within the walled Old City of Jerusalem. The ground on which the church rests is venerated by most Christians as Golgotha, the Hill of Calvary, where the New Testament describes that Jesus was crucified. It also is said to contain the place where Jesus was reportedly buried (the sepulchre). The church has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century. Today it serves as the headquarters of the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Catholic Archpriest of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. - Source: Wikipedia
Calvary or Golgotha. This Greek Orthodox chapel is built around what is believed to be the Rock of Calvary on which Christ was crucfied. The rock can be viewed under glass on either side of the central altar, and the site of the Crucifixion can be touched under the central altar. Source: sacred-destinations.com
The Stone of the Anointing, believed to be the place where Jesus' body was prepared for burial.
…The key to the entrance is held by the Muslim Nuseibeh family who were entrusted with guardianship by Saladin in 1192 to keep the peace between the various Christian factions. After periods of tension between the Nuseibeh family and the Ottoman authorities in the 18th century, the Ottoman authorities appointed the Joudeh family to assist the Nuseibeh's in their task. Today, the Joudeh family still assists the Nuseibehs by bringing the key of the church to a member of the Nuseibeh family who unlocks and locks the door on a daily basis.

Throughout the week, various groups and orders conduct services and ceremonies.

Please note that all photos were taken without a flash, often at a distance with a telephoto lens. I was bothered by the number of tourists popping flashes in the faces of those involved in a religous ceremony. At least I tried to be a little discrete and respectful.

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