A 360 View of the Holy Sepulchre – UPDATED

I’m unlikely to ever get there, so I found this completely mesmerizing.

And when it finally showed the Tomb where Christ was lain, and where He rose…well…silly me. Sitting here suddenly awash in tears.


UPDATE: It occurs to me that some might benefit from knowing about the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. which contains a replica of the Church of the Sepulchre. If you don’t think you’ll ever make it to the Holy Land, consider checking this place out. My husband and I visited there, and it’s quite nice. The gardens are spectacular, and there is lots of “walking’ room. And I must say that bending low to enter the replicated Tomb does have an effect on one. My husband, not a demonstrative sort, ever found it to be surprisingly moving.

The monastery is about 2-3 miles from the Capitol, near the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Dominican House of Studies (great liturgies, there). You can make a little pilgrimage of sorts! :-)

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  • P. Buchta

    Wow. Thanks Anchoress. This is truly memorable and an experience I will never forget.

  • Joe

    You should go. I have been there many times. A little weird how the various Christian sects fight over that church (there have been litterally fist fights over whose monk’s turn it is to do adoration). But Jersusalem and the surrounding regiion are an amazing place to visit and given the number of flights from NYC to Israel, it is not that expensive or hard for you to do so. You can fly LOT and connect via Poland (a nice side trip for a JPII fan like you) for $620. Iberia also has connecting flights via Madrid for around $800. Israel is smaller in area than New Jersey. Despite the problems, it is also very safe. You can rent a car and drive around or do it through a tour. With a little research and a travel guide, you can find decent two and three star hotels fairly inexpensively if you time your trip to avoid major holidays (and every Israeli hotel gives a complementary decent breakfast of hard boiled eggs, carrot and raisin salad, cukes, and yoghurt). If you are concerned over health reasons, medical care in Israel is excellent.

  • Chris

    Thanks for the link. I’m sitting at work listening to 4Him and looking at the place where the Lord’s body was lain. I’m even being productive.

  • Tsumura

    Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  • Skay

    Beautiful–thank you.

  • Jennifer

    Is the tomb the very last picture? It was all amazing… I wish I knew exactly what I was looking at. Beautiful!

    [Yes, the tomb is the last pic -admin]

  • F

    Silly, schmilly! God gave you the gift of tears just then! God moved you. I’m toying with the idea of joining Teresa Tomeo of Ave Maria Radio and Steve Ray on their June tour. Hopefully, they have a spot left! I’ve always wanted to go but…I had lame excuses like student loans, etc. ;D

    That was enormously beautiful and alluring. My soul is enamoured all the more and wants to go visit Jesus’ homeland! Bless you for sharing that!

    Would you like to go with me? :)

  • Doc

    I took the family to the Basilica and the Franciscan Monastery on our last visit to DC. Both are highly recommended.

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  • Montjoie

    Although it is a beautiful and historic place, it is highly unlikely the Church is built over the actual location of the crucifixion or the tomb.

  • Maureen

    It seems reasonably likely. The Roman Empire was a sophisticated society, the early Christians had good reason to remember the exact spots, and even ordinary slobs trained their memories more, back then.

    What makes the place look weird is that, after St. Helena’s expedition succeeded in finding someone to guide them to the tomb and the rest of the places they were interested in, the Roman architects proceeded to cut away everything else. The whole rest of the hillside. Not exactly into historic preservation, your Romans.

  • Hantchu

    Your token Israeli fan says, “Come on down!” Welcome, welcome to all of good will. It’s beautiful here, especially in the springtime.

    By the way, a dear friend of the family, who is a Catholic, came to Israel several years ago and was appalled by the condition of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I said, yeah, there had been a problem of joint maintenence for several years. Mimi said she was going to write a letter to her bishop about the situation.

    A month or so later, there was a headline in the Jerusalem Post that the Vatican was investing in major renovations to the Holy Sepulchre. Some of us credit this to Mimi nagging the heck out of her poor bishop.

  • Andrew B

    If you are in Washington to see the Basilica, don’t miss the National Cathedral. Yes, the Episcopal Church is an Augean Stable of rank stupidity and trendy political correctness, but they build a mean cathedral.

    (I speak as a longtime, now former, Episcopalian)

  • Montjoie

    I disagree, Maureen, obviously. The crucifixion and tomb were supposed to be outside the city. The Church is inside the walls. Also, the fact that Helena found three wooden crosses and a sign with Pilate’s inscription more than 300 years after the crucifixion just reeks of fraud on the part of the people who led her there.