The Via Dolorosa ends here, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Like most of the Old City, it is contained in tight quarters with a small courtyard in front and the neighboring buildings, all built of stone, crowd around. Above us, the dome of the church next to the spire of a minaret, the call to prayer (recorded, of course) echoing through the ancient alley ways. Inside the church, though the lines of division are not visible, the place has been divvied up among several Christian sects who jealously guard their bit of space.
This spot, the highest in the Old City, has been a sacred site since the Romans built their temple to Venus, and there have been several churches here, beginn...Read More