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:

Talking With the Walls of Jerusalem
Fabulous Caesarea

54 thoughts on “Via Dolorosa: My Way of the Cross

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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