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Christian Quarter of the "Old City" section of Jerusalem

The Christian quarter in the north-west section of the Old City comprises some 4,900 people. Most of the Christian institutions are clustered around the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  This church is built over the remains of Golgatha where Christ was crucified and the tomb where he was buried and rose.The first Christian community held liturgical clebrations here until 66 AD. The emperor Hadrian in 135 built a pagan shrine over the spot. Constantine built a hugh Church of the Resurrection in the 300s. This is the most sacred place for Christians in Jerusalem.  See also | Jewish Quarter | Muslim Quarter | Armenian Quarter | Holy Week in Jerusalem | Church of the Holy Sepulchre |

Pilgrims from every nation and tradition pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.Six Christian groups occupy the church and offer religious services and liturgies  - Latin Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Armenians, Syrians, Copts, and Ethiopians.

Newly restored dome in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

pilgrims pray at the tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre

See also | Jewish Quarter | Muslim Quarter | Armenian Quarter |
| Holy Week in Jerusalem | Church of the Holy Sepulchre |


Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

Pilgrims from Eastern Europe chat with a Franciscan priest
in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre 

A shopper invites bystanders to come and see his goods 

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid. 
So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.  - John 19:41-42

And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them.  - Luke 24:33-36

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