My wife and I visited Jerusalem in May 2014. The Church of Saint James is nestled within a walled compound in the ancient Armenian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Church of Saint James is dedicated to two martyred saints of that name. Saint James the great, one of the first apostles to follow Jesus, and Saint James the less, believed to be a close relative of Jesus, who later became the first Bishop of Jerusalem. Saint James the great was beheaded by Herod Agrippa I, grandson of Herod the Great, around 44 AD. Saint James the less was killed by temple authorities about 20 years later by being thrown from the temple platform, then stoned and clubbed to death. According to Armenian tradition, within the church are buried the head of Saint James the great (the rest of his body is believed to be in the Spanish pilgrimage shrine of Santiage de la Compostela) and the body of Saint James the less.
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