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Via Dolorosa

By tradition Jesus walked along this road called Via Dolorosa, carrying a cross on his back, from the place where he was sentenced, to his crucifixion in Golgotha (Calvary) in the heart of the Christian Quarter in Jerusalem. In the days of the Roman Empire a convicted person was forced to carry an agonizingly heavy cross, as a deterrent for all to see and fear. The one and a quarter kilometer Via Dolorosa, with the 14 Stations of the Cross, passed through part of the Moslem Quarter and most of the Christian Quarter. Nine of the stations are situated along the road, and the other five are in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The stations along the road are commemorated by various churches marked by sequential numbers, each symbolizing different events that occurred while Jesus was carrying the cross.

 

The Crown of Thorns

The Crown of Thorns

 

 

Via Dolorosa street sign

Via Dolorosa street sign