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Christian Site: The Church Of The Holy Sepulcher

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher – The Tomb of Jesus

 

In the year 326, Byzantine Queen Helena traveled to the Land of Israel to identify holy Christian sites. After finding Cavalry, the True Cross and the Holy Sepulcher under a pagan temple built by the Romans, she immediately razed the pagan shrines, leveled the rocks which surrounded them, and began construction of a magnificent Christian monument. By 335 a wondrous basilica – far larger and more grandiose than the contemporary church – encompassed the Holy Sepulcher, Calvary, and the cistern in which the pious queen had discovered a piece of the True Cross.

Little remains of the original basilica, destroyed by Persian invaders in 614. Thus on July 15, 1099, when the Crusaders first entered Jerusalem and rushed to the church, they found only the partial reconstruction carried out 50 years earlier by Byzantine emperor Monochamus. The Crusaders decided to unite all of the holy sites under one roof and erected the Romanesque church that stands here today.
Hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of visitors throng each day to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Indisputably the most dynamic church in the country, it comes alive with a profusion of languages, a variety of diverse apparel, and solemnly decorous religious ceremonies and processions. 

 

 

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Dear Aviva and Shmuel , Just a note to thank you for all of your help on our trip to Israel. Aviva .. your great ideas for the day we were on our own plus your help in booking everything was really helpful and made our first night and day very exciting .Shmuel ..apart from the fact that the kids thought you may actually be one of Supermans cousins .. we really had a fantastic trip. What you managed to show us in Jerusalem considering William is only 8 was amazing. Both the kids loved the water tunnel ( even after a small initial scare !). The day doing Masada ,En Gedi and the Dead Sea was really the most exciting day for us all . Our Israeli friends who came over to join us from Tel Aviv said there was no way they would have been able to fit in so much. Everyone loved it !
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