Via Dolorosa: My Way of the Cross

I could not sleep the first night in Jerusalem, therefore I went to investigate the way of the cross—Via Dolorosa—at 4.00 a.m. The Via Dolorosa is the path that Jesus passed on the way to his crucifixion, carrying his cross.

Old Jerusalem. Israel.

Streets of the city were empty in this time, and you can hear only your steps, muezzin’s call to prayer, church bells ringing and cock’s songs. Yes, yes, a cocks in the center of the big city! Under such an accompaniment, you will walk on the way of the cross.

Old Jerusalem. Israel.

It was my first attempt, and it was only half successful. I have not find the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and there where no people around to ask the way.

Old Jerusalem

Old Jerusalem

So I went to have breakfast, and after consultation with the staff of my hotel, it turns out that entrance is in the tiny lane St. Helena at the end of the street of the Christian Quarter between muslim stores. Note, there was no one sign!

In the afternoon, I repeated my way of the cross.

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

The Via Dolorosa starts near the Lion’s Gate and include the first nine Stations of the Cross—every one has some sign: chapel, church, or line on the wall.

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

The remaining five stations are located inside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

Via Dolorosa the Way of the Cross

More about Israel:

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50 Responses to “Via Dolorosa: My Way of the Cross”

  1. Tru-Luv Rabbitry Says:

    This is absolutely marvelous Victor! Thank you for sharing. I hope that one day, I too shall walk the path…

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  2. msargentphotography Says:

    Victor, by far the best post I have read. Throughly enjoyed…

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  3. wolke205 Says:

    Wonderful ! Wonderful ! Wonderful ! 😀

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  4. photosfromtheloonybin Says:

    These are very powerful images. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  5. Andrew Petcher Says:

    Great pictures – I can smell and taste the atmosphere that you have captured and I look forward to what follows…

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  6. Leanne T Says:

    Fabulous pictures!

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  7. nancycurtemanNancy Curteman Says:

    I’ve never been to Jerusalem but I feel like I’ve walked those streets through your wonderful photos.

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  8. sheof108names Says:

    Stunning photos Victor, thank you for sharing them.

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  9. worldismycuttlefish Says:

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is rich and detailed. Nice photos.

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  10. Stuart Hyde - shpics Says:

    Excellent post and nice pics..
    Big thumbs up!

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  11. TBM Says:

    Beautiful photos.

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  12. sefaliwo Says:

    Absolutely stunning! 🙂

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  13. mega sijabat Says:

    Hi, thanks a lot for stopping by on my blog. Though i am not pretty sure that you fully understand the language i use there :). I am trying to post more travel writing these days, well maybe not overseas ones but i’m going to share more about my country’s sites. As we have zillions of beautiful spots here. So please visit us some time and you will never regret 🙂 Thanks!

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  14. Victor Tribunsky Says:

    This is the model of old Jerusalem that You can find in Museum of Israel in Citadel of David.

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  15. Kay aka Babygirl Says:

    Wow, the architecture of these buildings are absolutely breathtaking. And I love all of the different contrast of photos.. beautiful

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  16. Chris Sheridan Says:

    Fascinating as well as deeply moving. Thanks so much for sharing this pictorial of your experience. Thanks also for liking my post “A Near Death Experience”. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you have here in your blog.

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  17. Gretchen O'Donnell Says:

    Very cool – I love your pictures and look forward to browsing more of your posts! I’ve always wanted to go to Israel. Your Russia pics are great, too – I was there in 1988. I wish I had a digital camera back then! Thanks for finding my blog today!

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  18. Louise Farquhar Says:

    Great perspective:)

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  19. room902 Says:

    Thanks for checking out room902! Your pictures are wonderful, very interesting.

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  20. lightbox3d Says:

    What a fantastic adventure!

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  21. edithlevyphotography Says:

    Great shots. I was in Israel 2 summers ago and its an incredible country.

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  22. Lottie Nevin Says:

    I must be going totally nuts! I could have sworn that I left you a comment on this lovely blog the other day
    and I obviously hadn’t or it got lost in cyber space. I was just checking out your great photos again. Fantastic stuff Victor and fabulous pictures. Thank you 🙂

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  23. Glamorholic Says:

    Wow…that’s indeed a religious place. Great pictures! 😀

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  24. Deano Says:

    Great photos Victor. When I was in that part of the world years ago it wasn’t a good idea to go from Egypt to Jordan via Israel, so I took the ferry around it. Stood near the border once though!

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  25. May-chan Says:

    stunning photos of amazing sites!

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  26. VickyTH Says:

    What an intriguing place! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. 2gadabout Says:

    Marvelous photos, especially inside the church. I have a better camera now than when I visited many great cathedrals. Hope, If I ever get there, they are half as good as yours.
    Ciao

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  28. kap10bob Says:

    Nice travel blog you got here Victor! It’s like going to places that I will never be able to see personally in my lifetime. Cheers and keep on posting 🙂

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  29. Arti Says:

    I’ve visited Via Dolorosa too… but could never have taken photos like these, meditative and beautiful beyond words.

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  30. PK Says:

    Gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to see Jerusalem

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  31. thom bradley Says:

    excellent -he pictures are first class and I felt like I was looking over your shoulder

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  32. susansplace Says:

    I enjoyed your post very much. Very beautiful photographs.

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  33. jennysserendipity Says:

    Great shots!
    Thanks for stopping by
    🙂

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  34. T L Chua Says:

    You are a good photographer! Very nice shots here! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. LubbyGirl Says:

    Beautiful photos! My sister has been there twice. Lord willing, some day I will also. If He’s not willing, then I’ll wait for the New Jerusalem. Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing these lovely pictures.

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