Church of Holy Sepulchre.
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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, draws millions of pilgrims from around the world every year. Built during the 4th century at the behest of Emperor Constantine I, it is believed to be the site of Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary) where, according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Christian believers have been coming here for centuries, as is evidenced by the oldest known "graffiti" in Israel, dating from 1384.
But as the Church's name
implies, the main attraction is the tomb where Jesus is believed to have been buried before coming back to life. As iTravelJerusalem
guide Danny Herman
explains, the earth surrounding the cave that served as Christ's burial
chamber was later removed and the shrine that was built at the site
stood as the most impressive structure in the Jerusalem for many
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