The Church of the Holy Sepulchre 1
Jerusalem’s biggest Christian tourist attraction is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, which is the holiest site to Christians and draws millions of pilgrims from around the world every year. It is the Christian Western Wall. The compound, which was built during the 4th century at the behest of Emperor Constantine I, is believed to be the site of Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where, according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified and resurrected. The complex is also said to contain the place where Jesus was buried.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre 2
Millions of pilgrims from around the world are drawn to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, every year. Believers have been coming here for centuries, as is evidenced by the oldest known “graffiti” in Israel, dating from 1384. But as the Church’s name implies, the main attraction is the tomb where Jesus is believed to have been buried before coming back to life.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre 3
Danny Herman guides you on a virtual tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We descend underground, into a crypt that archaeologists say is as close as we can come to proving that, as the New Testament tells us, Jesus was crucified and buried at this site.
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When Saint Helena came to the Holy Land and found a wooden relic of what she believed to have been the Cross, she tested it by touching it to a sick woman, who was instantly cured. That fragment of the Cross now rests in the belly of the church (and in many other churches worldwide) along with other remains bearing mystical significance.