Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is the place that enshrines the location of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. The interesting thing about the Church is that it is maintained and controlled by six Christian denominations, the three predominant ones being the Roman Catholics (called “Latins” in the Holy Land), Greek Orthodox and Armenian Orthodox. Disagreements between the denominations are never easy to resolve; e.g. a routine roof leak took decades to agree on the method of its repair.
The outside of the Church is not very impressive, as shown in the photo on the left.
Underneath the dome that caps the rotunda is believed to be the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. The wait to get inside the tomb was prohibitive, so I had to settle for the inspirational sun rays. There is a large flat stone near the Greek Orthodox crucifixion altar where, according to tradition, Jesus’ body was prepared for burial. Actually, I found more inspiration from the light shining on the architectural elements of the dome than I did from all the gaudy silver and gold decorations around the tomb and altars.
Thought for the Day: All that glitters is not gold. Latin Proverb