Read Martyk74's and MaryCoolBreeze's reviews as they are spot on. GO EARLY to avoid crushing crowds, and don't attempt to go near Easter or Christmas! This historic church is managed by at least 5 denominations, each with its own chapels & on-site monastery. The artwork is stunning and the ambiance very spiritual. Best to go without a tour guide pushing you rapidly through, as much you see is self-explanatory. Get a guide booklet or use the DK Jerusalem book so you can take your time. This is the church built on the traditional sites of Jesus' death on the cross and the rock tomb in which he was buried and 3 days later, rose from the dead.
Over the centuries, this massive, confusing church was built with multiple chapels, shrines, and altars. Everything is heavily decorated with icons, gold, tapestries, incense burners, filagreed marble, and mosaic. It is NOT handicap accessible and there is no public restroom on site. Many narrow stone stairs, NO elevator. Expect lots of standing in line in close quarters with hundreds of people who are all anxious to worship at the holiest sites in Christianity. No flash photography.
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