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Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross)

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Address: Via Dolorosa | Old Town, Jerusalem, Israel
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+972 54-567-3887
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Starting at St. Stephen's (Lions') Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old...

Starting at St. Stephen's (Lions') Gate in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, this is the route Jesus is said to have followed as he carried the Cross to his crucifixion.

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Via Dolorosa

I walked the Via Dolorosa three times while visiting Jerusalem. Being in old city Jerusalem and walking the path was calming and the whole time I was thinking "wow" this is the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I walked the Via Dolorosa three times while visiting Jerusalem. Being in old city Jerusalem and walking the path was calming and the whole time I was thinking "wow" this is the path Jesus walked to his death. I took many photos and would highly recommend a good map, even though there are signs, there are a lot of turns... More 

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When walking this historic area, I was struck by where it led me religiously as well as physically! I was with a group so we were able to all carry a cross for a section of it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have walked this route before but doing it by yourself gives you the needed time to really absorb the experience. There is a lot to take in but it will leave you with a life-long memory of the journey to the cross.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was astonished at how little was done to show the various stations of the cross, many of which seemed to be numbers on the wall directly above a souvenir shop. The crowds are massive, and the experience ends up being more annoying than moving.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I suppose the Via Delarosa (the way of the cross) is one of the top reasons for people to visit the Holy City. All Stations of the Cross are marked (though not always easy to find); people (especially groups) will stop and read the appropriate Bible passage at each station. This can be a very moving experience. You can get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible opportunity to walk the path Jesus walked from His condemnation to His crucifixion. Busy, crowed streets, with shops all alongside the path, but incredible opportunity to experience the many stations of the cross and consider Jesus' agonizing walk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't imagine carrying the cross through the streets. Quite moving and not all that different from Jesus' time when people ignored, laughed, or cried along with him.

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk is long and uphill with steps and uneven floor but is steeped with history with stations where a woman wiped the face of Jesus and where someone assisted him It is a walk that is a well trodden path by many Christians . In my view it has to be done.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked from the Church of St Mary Magdalena through the Lion's Gate and then along the Via Dolorosa visiting the Stations of the Cross. This included side excursions to St Anne's Church, the Church of the Flagellation and finally the Church of the Holy Sepulchre! You'll need a map, and maybe a guide since the route is not always... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

walking along this street is just like exploring the rest of the old city, a unique experience, not only for the history but also to people watch. my only issue is with the souvenir shops and touters, they begin to get annoying after a while.

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