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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
"Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there." 
- John 19:41-42
This church is built over the remains of Golgatha where Christ was crucified and the tomb where he was buried and rose.The first Christian community held liturgical clebrations here until 66 AD. The emperor Hadrian in 135 built a pagan shrine over the spot. Constantine built the first Church of the Resurrection in the 300s. This is the most sacred place for Christians in Jerusalem.  [See next page for more details.]

woman prays near the site of the crucifixion

dome over the Greek Orthodox altar

Catholic chapel near site of the crucifixion
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Pilgrims from every nation and tradition pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.Six Christian groups occupy the church and offer religious services and liturgies  - Latin Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Armenians, Syrians, Copts, and Ethiopians.

entrance with stairs leading to site of the crucifixion

visitors from many faiths gather in front of the entrance
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