The Via Dolorosa



Traditionally, the route followed by Christ from his trial to his Crucifixion. As usual, the actual route is highly contested, but never mind; this route makes a wonderful walk through old Jerusalem, starting in the Muslim quarter and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. 

These two beautiful churches mark the first two stations, though the actual site of the condemnation is said to be in the courtyard of a school on the other side of the road. 


A significant place on the Via Dolorosa, though not a station. This is the Ecce Homo arch, tradionally where the humiliated Christ was presented to the people.


Station 3 is marked by a Polish chapel. Jesus falls for the first time. Station 4 has an Armenian Catholic chapel: Jesus meets his mother.



Station 5 has a Franciscan oratory. Here Simon of Cyrene carries the Cross. The man on the chair made it clear that he was not Simon. 
Station 6: The chapel of a convent, traditionally the site of Veronica's house. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

Station 7: A Franciscan chapel marks the place of Jesus's second fall.  Station 8: The wall of a Greek Monastery. Jesus meets the Women of Jerusalem. 

Station 9: A Roman column. Jesus falls for the third time. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is in the background: The final five stations are found there. 


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On to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre