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“Too crowded, too dark” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre
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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.
Zagreb, Croatia
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“Too crowded, too dark”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

I did not like this place. I know the historic background of it (even though it might be debateable historic accuracy). I just did not like the mysticism surrounding the place, with thousands of people pushing to get one second or glimpse or a touch of stone, icon, etc. However, I’m sure many like it

Visited October 2013
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“The Heart of Jerusalem a Sacred Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Plan to spend a couple hours and or visit at least twice to be able to take in the true spiritual sanctity of the Holy Sepulchre.
We arrived in time for the priests and monks to chant the Stations of the Cross. Moving!
Line or no line, the entrance into Jesus' tomb of resurrection is amazing and walking the steep marble steps to the altar of Jesus' crucifixtion with people from around the world sharing in one body of adornment is breathtaking. Silence and candlelight, kneeling and prayers are understood without a word being said.
The rock upon the entrance where Jesus is believed to have been laid when taken down from the cross is never without a head bowed down. The oils of the world are present as you reach out to touch the stone. Amazing!
Walk full circle around the Church and through the center sacristy to admire the artwork and carvings. Sit and watch as the world admires everything the Holy Sepulchre has to offer. It is truly a sacred place at the heart of Jerusalem

Visited July 2014
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New Albany, Indiana
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“Go as early as you can and I mean the crack of dawn”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

I give 3 stars for a midday visit but if you go early in the morning, it's a 5 star rating.
If you want a peaceful and moving religious experience, go early, early, early. My husband and I went twice, once with a private guide in the middle of the day. It's a madhouse - cramped, crowded and for me unenjoyable. The atmosphere certainly does not lend itself to comtemplation and reverance.
My husband wanted to see the tomb of Jesus but we weren't willing to wait in the line. He decided to get up very early one morning and go back. I didn't go with him but he must have gotten there between 6:30 and 7 am. There were a few people there but nothing like the crowds at midday. This is the time to go for peaceful prayer and to soak in the significance. There will be no line or a very short line for the tomb and you will be able to explore the church without being pushed and tiptoeing to get a look over a sea of heads.

Visited May 2014
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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“A Must See Place for a Christian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

I had visited Israel in May 2014 and has customary for a Christian visited the site of the Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, I found the place to be the Holiest of all the places even though I had to wait for more than an hour to get in the Aedicule. Above all, it is the most memorable visit in Israel. I recommend Christians around the world to see the Holy Sepulchre.

Visited May 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Sad place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

It is an incredibly powerful place.......but it is run over with tourists and overseen by unsmiling, weary and wary priests....go, but dress properly women or you will be kicked out, unceremoniously.
I was amazed by the structure, #1 most amazing place, but...

Visited July 2014
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