CITYsights: The home of complex Christian history

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, which is laid claim to by so many Christian groups, attracts millions of pilgrims every year.

July 19, 2011 18:02
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre 311. (photo credit: ITRAVELJERUSALEM TEAM)


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One of Jerusalem's biggest tourist draws is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, which is the holiest site to Christians. It attracts millions of pilgrims from around the world every year. The compound, which was built during the 4th century at the behest of Emperor Constantine I, is believed to be the site of Golgotha (the Hill of Calvary), where, according to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified and resurrected. The complex is also said to contain the place where Jesus was buried.

Listen closely as Danny Herman, tour guide, archaeologist and pundit par excellence, expounds on the complex system that governs the church, which is laid claim to by so many Christian groups. In the 19th century, after more than a millennium of squabbling, the various factions at the Church of the Holy Sepluchre were forced to accept a status quo agreement. As Danny explains, this agreement has been observed punctiliously, to such an extent, in fact, that a ladder moved a few meters to the left constitutes a historic event.

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