As a Catholic who's no longer practicing, this church really brought back some familiar feels. The focal point is at the entrance--the stone in which Jesus was laid after he was taken down from the cross. Definitely worth visiting to get a different aspect of the Old City.
Otherworld beauty, haunting. From the outside to walking around the inside, full of history and intrigue. Saw a ceremony with chanting, echoing inside the great church.
An amazing edifice, with multiple chapels for the various Catholic and Orthodox communities which share this holy site. A Muslim is the doorkeeper, a traditional neutral party among the Christians. Very moving to visit the place where God spilled His Blood to save mankind from eternal damnation. Exquisite sacred art adorns every nook and cranny.
Astounding to be in and among so SO many different people and religions all here to pay homage to their faith. First I passed dozens of people on their knees rubbing cloths on the stone where Jesus’ body was said to be laid after his crucifixion. Then a large procession of Orthodox Armenians left from their corner of the Church. Then the Franciscan Monks were doing their rituals and chanting with candles and incense. Truly fascinating and a rich and deep experience. I also found it very interesting that the door is opened and closed daily by a Muslim from a family lineage that dates back.
Nice place, great history behind it. The muslim man who closed the church at 9 pm was very nice. We appreciate that family a lot. The church has weird hours (closes at 9 pm and then reopens at midnight for some reason), but sometimes that's a nice fit to your schedule. Wish there was toilet paper and soap in the bathrooms though.