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“A bit disappointing”

The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Starting at St. Stephen's (Lions') Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, this is the route Jesus is said to have followed as he carried the Cross to his crucifixion.
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Someone mentioned to watch out for a overfriendly shop owner near the start of the first station and he is right.
It was a bit disappointing as the number plates on the walls were so small it was easy to miss them and combined with the fact that the walking route is not straight and at junctions you have to turn left or right and with the crowds and noise it can become stressful if trying to do it with young children. It was the only part of our trip to Jerusalem that felt a let down . The time to do it is on Friday afternoon when monks start at the first station and the streets are empty and you can just tag along

1  Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

No way to contemplate anything, too many crowds, and pushy vendors.
Watch out esp. for a clip joint called "The Palace", near the 1st staton of the cross.

Real friendly guy named Joseph Hammad will act quite friendly, and then try to sting you for all he can get!

Thank m f
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on the first day, awesome, but it did not seem we were on high ground. That is until we walked the Via Dolorosa, that is when you can feel the climb, not extreme 2000+ years later, but you do make a climb. The stops are well marked along the way and when you do get off track just ask a shop keeper for directions. And the many tour groups along the way provide insight if you don't want to pull out your tour book. Because of this, there is not a need to spend the money for the pamphlets for sale along the way. Allow yourself to become immersed in Christ's final journey.

Thank Kevin L
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

It's part of the journey.
Most maps for the Old city will have it well marked.
The route itself is well marked. And the shop owners along the way thoroughly enjoy pointing out each station. If you are on the path for another reason, they will still point out the stations, assuming you must be there for them. It is a touching assumption.
Tour groups, church groups, etc. are on the path at all hours in many, many languages. So you can't miss it.

Every Friday at 3pm (winter months), a formal procession led by the Franciscan Fathers do the Stations of the Cross. Find station 1, or even 2, and again the shop owners will ensure you find the procession start (it's not on Via Dolorosa). Note: None of the procession is in English. And it gets very crowded. If you are late, still go. Join along the way, many do.

2  Thank Dylann G
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Turn left, then right, then go down this alley for 100ft, then backtrack and loop around up some stairs. There is no evidence that any of these spots along Via Dolorosa is actually the path Jesus took, nor where Simon took up the cross, nor where he addressed the "Daughters of Jerusalem". I'm Christian and this was not a spiritual experience. Wandering around trying to find the numeral markers was a confusing experience. Since they don't really know where any of these event happened they should put them all in easy to find spots.

Thank scphil21
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