The Via Dolorosa runs along narrow streets through the old city of Jerusalem.10-110906 Via Delorosa PC

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Below is a Jewish synagogue at the site of Peter’s denial.30-110906 Peter's Denial Synagogue

The Church of the Flagellation is stop number 1 on the Via Dolorosa.   It is the traditional site where Jesus was flogged and crowned with a wreath of thorns.40-111106_Church_of_Flagellation_Via_Dolorosa#1 (1)


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Here is the place where it is believed that Simon of Cyrene was compelled to carry Jesus’ cross.46-110906 Via Delorosa, Simon Carried Cross

Near the end of the Via Dolorosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which marks the site where Jesus’ body was laid when it was taken down from the cross and anointed for burial.50-110906 Ch of Holy Sepulchre PC_1

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The church has divided sections that are maintained by different Christian groups; Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Ethiopian Orthodox and Coptic Orthodox.   In order to maintain status quo, a Moslem family is assigned to unlock and lock the door.49-110906_Church_of_Holy_Sepulchre

The church site was established in 325 AD by Constantine I as the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.    Within the church, there are designated stations for the crucifixion, burial anointment and burial tomb.50-110906_Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre (1)

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Below are Greek Orthodox priests heading into the church for a special service.55-110906 Gk Orthodox going to Holy Sepulchre for service

Outside the city is the Church of the Ascension.70-110906 Maybe Ascension Church



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