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