Via Dolorosa In Jerusalem

The seventh station along the Via Dolorosa in JerusalemThe seventh station along the Via Dolorosa.

Via Dolorosa is a Latin phrase meaning “way of suffering”. It is the last road Jesus walked, carrying the cross.

The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem starts at the Lion’s gate in the Old City and ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It has 14 stations that are significant in Christianity. 5 of those stations are inside the church of the Holy Sepulchre and the other 9 are along the route. Each station tells the story of things that happened to Jesus, and people he met along the way.

If you are Christian, the Via Dolorosa is a must-see. But even if you are not, the ancient street gives a unique glimpse into the way things were.

The Via Dolorosa might not be what you had in mind. It is a busy and quite noisy narrow street, probably not much different in appearance from the times Jesus walked it. This exact path has been a pilgrimage site for at least 1,000 years.

Walking this street gives you a good sense of the Old City and prepares you for the church at the end of the route. As mentioned, it's a must  for all Christians.

Good Friday Processions Along Way of Cross (Via Dolorosa) in Old City in 2011, Jerusalem, Israel
Good Friday Processions Along Way of Cross (Via Dolorosa) in Old City in 2011, Jerusalem
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