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“Get there early!”

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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US$104.00*
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Jerusalem and Bethlehem Tour from Jerusalem
Ranked #9 of 301 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Get there early!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is a must visit place even if you are not religious. Dark inside with cranky priests who give off a vibe that tourists are at best an annoyance (at worst should not even be there) there seemed a lack of respect that this was such a special place for so many who were visiting. The place is split amongst different sects.

But the beauty of the place and how visibly moved many of the visitors become make a trip here special.

Read up on the history of the place so you know what you are looking at and try to get there early morning so the place is less crowded (during the day it becomes PACKED)

Visited November 2013
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“A "must see" but choose the time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

The heart of Christianity in the old city, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is incredibly evocative and deeply moving. Better if done at a time which allows quiet reflection, but if the buses from the cruise ships arrive, it will be so busy that it is difficult to move. If this happens, go back early morning if possible and take it all in slowly. Poignant, pensive and if allowed to speak through the throng and the "glitz" can still be a very rewarding experience.

Visited April 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Holiest Church In Christendom Beset by Sectarian Rivalry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

As the holiest church for Christians, it's hard to understand what possesses the heads of the various sects to do what they do here. As far as a religious site, it is clear that Christians were quite moved by being able to see and touch where tradition holds the spots to be that Jesus was crucified, taken off the cross & laid down, and the tomb he was placed in. So on this basis alone, it is an obvious go-to when visiting the Old City. What is frankly sad - if not outright pathetic - is the inability of the various sects of Christianity (Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Armenian etc etc) to get their act together. They each control different sections of the church and there is a status quo agreement that states that there will be no changes unless all agree. What this has meant is that the church is dirty, dingy and in a state of disrepair, because they cannot agree on who will do the repairs (ie) and how. Unpardonable and it should be embarrassing to every Christian who sets foot inside. That having been said, it's the only place to see these traditional sites obviously, so the madness continues.

Visited November 2013
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“No words”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

you'll have to go and see it yourself, its unique historically, culturally, architecturally and with much religious significance. I recommend going early because a very rude priest abruptly kicked us out around 7pm when we had verified that it would be open until at least 8pm.

Visited November 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Holy place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013 via mobile

The last five stations of Jesus is in this holy place
Visit this place to have a very special spiritual feelings
This is the place were Jesus paied the price for our sins

Visited November 2013
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