The Church of The Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem - Photos by BISHKO 03-6417810
01-The Holy Sepulchre Church marks the traditional site where Jesus was crucified, buried, ressurected. This is one of Christendoms Holiest Shrines.
01-The Holy Sepulchre Church marks the traditional site where Jesus was crucified, buried, ressurected. This is one of Christendoms Holiest Shrines.

01-The Holy Sepulchre Church marks the traditional site where Jesus was crucified, buried, ressurected. This is one of Christendoms Holiest Shrines.
02-Right of Entry - the key to the church's ancient wooden doorway has been in Muslim hands ever since Saladin defeated the Crusaders in 1187.
02-Right of Entry - the key to the church's ancient wooden doorway has been in Muslim hands ever since Saladin defeated the Crusaders in 1187.

02-Right of Entry - the key to the church's ancient wooden doorway has been in Muslim hands ever since Saladin defeated the Crusaders in 1187.
03-Just opposite the entrance is an impressive Mosaic showing Jesus being annointed before burial in the nearby sepulchre (tomb).
03-Just opposite the entrance is an impressive Mosaic showing Jesus being annointed before burial in the nearby sepulchre (tomb).

03-Just opposite the entrance is an impressive Mosaic showing Jesus being annointed before burial in the nearby sepulchre (tomb).
04-A colorful group of pilgrims jostle for prayer and for perfect camera positioning around the much venerated Stone of Unction.
04-A colorful group of pilgrims jostle for prayer and for perfect camera positioning around the much venerated Stone of Unction.

04-A colorful group of pilgrims jostle for prayer and for perfect camera positioning around the much venerated Stone of Unction.
05-The Hill of Calvary (Golgotha), lies south the Stone of Unction and is now fully enclosed in the massive structures of the the Holy Sepulchre Church.
05-The Hill of Calvary (Golgotha), lies south the Stone of Unction and is now fully enclosed in the massive structures of the the Holy Sepulchre Church.

05-The Hill of Calvary (Golgotha), lies south the Stone of Unction and is now fully enclosed in the massive structures of the the Holy Sepulchre Church.
06-Via Dolorosa Stations 10 & 11. A small ornate Latin Chapel marks the spot where Jesus was stripped and nailed to the cross..
06-Via Dolorosa Stations 10 & 11. A small ornate Latin Chapel marks the spot where Jesus was stripped and nailed to the cross..

06-Via Dolorosa Stations 10 & 11. A small ornate Latin Chapel marks the spot where Jesus was stripped and nailed to the cross..
07-Station 12. A richly decorated Greek Orthodox Chapel marks the actual spot on Calvary where Jesus was nailed to the cross..
07-Station 12. A richly decorated Greek Orthodox Chapel marks the actual spot on Calvary where Jesus was nailed to the cross..

07-Station 12. A richly decorated Greek Orthodox Chapel marks the actual spot on Calvary where Jesus was nailed to the cross..
08-The Katholicon is a large Greek Orthodox Church situated between Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre. Medieval cartographers marked this spot as the center of the world.
08-The Katholicon is a large Greek Orthodox Church situated between Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre. Medieval cartographers marked this spot as the center of the world.

08-The Katholicon is a large Greek Orthodox Church situated between Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre. Medieval cartographers marked this spot as the center of the world.
09-The impressive dome of the Katholicon shows Jesus surrounded by the apostles and other Gospel persona associated with his ministry.
09-The impressive dome of the Katholicon shows Jesus surrounded by the apostles and other Gospel persona associated with his ministry.

09-The impressive dome of the Katholicon shows Jesus surrounded by the apostles and other Gospel persona associated with his ministry.
10-Station XIV. The traditional site of Jesus' Burial & Resurection lies within a grand Muscovite Style Tomb at the center of the Rotunda.
10-Station XIV. The traditional site of Jesus' Burial & Resurection lies within a grand Muscovite Style Tomb at the center of the Rotunda.

10-Station XIV. The traditional site of Jesus' Burial & Resurection lies within a grand Muscovite Style Tomb at the center of the Rotunda.
11-Pilgrims queue patiently to enter the Holy Sepulchre which is at the center of the Rotunda, a large hall supported by eighteen massive columns.
11-Pilgrims queue patiently to enter the Holy Sepulchre which is at the center of the Rotunda, a large hall supported by eighteen massive columns.

11-Pilgrims queue patiently to enter the Holy Sepulchre which is at the center of the Rotunda, a large hall supported by eighteen massive columns.
12-One of many hoary passageways and dusty halls within the Holy Sepulchre Church.
12-One of many hoary passageways and dusty halls within the Holy Sepulchre Church.

12-One of many hoary passageways and dusty halls within the Holy Sepulchre Church.
13-Beautiful mosaics cover the floors of St Helena's Chapel depicting holy-land flora, fauna and major Armenian churches.
13-Beautiful mosaics cover the floors of St Helena's Chapel depicting holy-land flora, fauna and major Armenian churches.

13-Beautiful mosaics cover the floors of St Helena's Chapel depicting holy-land flora, fauna and major Armenian churches.
14-More magnificent artworks within St Helena Chapel Artworks depicting a historical church scene.
14-More magnificent artworks within St Helena Chapel Artworks depicting a historical church scene.

14-More magnificent artworks within St Helena Chapel Artworks depicting a historical church scene.
15-Pilgrims, in this case from Russia, visit within St Helen's Chapel.
15-Pilgrims, in this case from Russia, visit within St Helen's Chapel.

15-Pilgrims, in this case from Russia, visit within St Helen's Chapel.
16-Outside their humble quarters, Ethiopian monks enjoy a moment's calm in in the fading light of late afternoon.
16-Outside their humble quarters, Ethiopian monks enjoy a moment's calm in in the fading light of late afternoon.

16-Outside their humble quarters, Ethiopian monks enjoy a moment's calm in in the fading light of late afternoon.
17-A damp rock-hewn flight of steps leads to an ancient water cistern.
17-A damp rock-hewn flight of steps leads to an ancient water cistern.

17-A damp rock-hewn flight of steps leads to an ancient water cistern.
18-The impressive 1,700 year-old rock-hewn cistern east of the church, though still collecting rain-water, is no longer in use.
18-The impressive 1,700 year-old rock-hewn cistern east of the church, though still collecting rain-water, is no longer in use.

18-The impressive 1,700 year-old rock-hewn cistern east of the church, though still collecting rain-water, is no longer in use.