The Temple of the Holy Sepulcher hides the last 5 stops of the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross). As soon as you enter, on the right, you will find a staircase leading to Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified. Immediately opposite the entrance is the stone of the last anointing, on which the body of Christ was laid after being removed from the cross. Jesus’ tomb is located separately in the aedicule, and usually, long queues are formed. You can wait two hours to get inside.
Via Dolorosa – Stations of the Cross
As you walk through Jerusalem, be sure to walk along Via Dolorosa, the only true Stations of the Cross. This is where Jesus carried his cross directly to the execution site – Golgotha. The route was not determined until the 18th century, so experts are not entirely sure if it led this way. However, according to the huge number of believers and visitors who come here from all over the world, it doesn’t matter. The Stations of the Cross has 14 stops, is 600 meters long and begins at the Lion’s Gate, which guards the entrance to the Old Town. The first eight stops are located in the Muslim Quarter, and there is typical Arabic chaos. The road leads through rich urban development and a marketplace, where merchants sell Christian props to tourists. There is also a huge wooden cross available for avid believers, which they can carry on their backs all the way.