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The way of grief


Via Dolorosa ("Way of Grief" in Latin) is a road in the old city of Jerusalem, a path where Jesus was lead in agony, carrying the crucifixion cross.  There are a total of 14 stations along this path, based on events that occurred on the way to the Golgotha hill, the site of crucifixion. I will be showing some pictures of the Via ending with the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.


On the left is the Al-Omariya school. The first station is on the left, just beyond where the guys on the left are having a chat. The site was in the Roman times the place of the seat of Pontius Pilate, located in the Antonia fortress, and the place of the hall of judgment. John 18-28: "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment". Jesus is condemned to death by Pontius Pilate, as per John 19:16: "Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified". As you may remember from previous write-ups, Jerusalem was flattened in 70AD. Excavations at station 1, unearthed the platform of big flagstones, which was the stage where the prefect would sit to deliver judgment after a trial.


Station 2 is to the right in the compound of the Franciscan monastery, that starts behind the (closer to) orange colour wall on the right. The entrance is where the guy looking in my direction, is standing. Inside the compound are currently two churches and the monastry. The Church of Condemnation and the Church of Flaggelation.  John 19 1-3:  "Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands". At this station, Jesus received the cross that he was expected to carry to Golgotha.


The second arch in this picture is known as Ecce Homo (behold the man - Latin) and is part of an Early Roman arch which had triple openings. Built as a triumphal arch in 135 AD, in honor of the visit of Emperor Hadrian, this was part of the Antonia fortress. The righthand side of the arch disappears into the Ecce Homo basillica, where the rest of the arch is well integrated into the architecture.


Have a great weekend.




comments (16)

Very nice image, Louis - that arch is a wonderful addition to the architecture, isn't it
Louis: For some reason, this Muslim area of the Old City has a number of these arches. They must be some left-over of some earlier era of the city.
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 10 Jun 2016, 05:56
It certainly looks like the cobbles are well trodden, Louis,
Louis: They are well trodden, old and slippery when wet. I landed on my backside once, because of that. The embarrassing part of the fall, is the number of young girls that rush to help you up smile
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Jun 2016, 05:56
J'adore ces rues toutes en pierres, l'arche est très belle.
Louis: Je vous remercie, Martine. Je suis d'accord avec vous.
A wonderful perspective with these inverted arches Louis!
Louis: For some reason, this Muslim area of the Old City has a number of these arches. They must be some left-over of some earlier era of the city.
I didn't grow up with the 12 stations of the cross, Louis, but here in Europe we enter so many Roman Catholic churches that have them on their walls. I never thought they'd also be shown in Jerusalem! Oh, my!
Louis: Well, Ginnie, as far as I know, the 14 stations are a very RC thing. In the Old City of Jerusalem, they are marked out by cast iron roundels on the wall - sometimes difficult to locate. On Fridays, the Franciscans walk the route. Some of these moments are made up, or wrongly done. Station 4 is where Jesus met his mother, according to John 19, 26: "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!". This station is still some distance from Golgotha, but when you read John 19 - you will see that He was already crucified when he spoke those words. The station is just invented.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Jun 2016, 06:59
I recall some procession going along the way of grief - where are the tourists and all the believers?
Louis: The Franciscans walk the route every Friday. You will soon see the throng of people - here I had a lucky moment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Jun 2016, 07:17
This conjours up all sorts of emotions Louis, thanks for sharing the picture and information
Louis: One becomes aware of so many thousands of years of head butting, tragedy, joyous moments, etc when you are here. I find it fascinating history.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 10 Jun 2016, 07:36
Thank you for the interesting write-up, Louis. And have a good weekend yourself
Louis: I am glad you find it interesting, Lisl.
Some history in this place, Louis, it must feel strange to walk along it, no matter what your beliefs are.
Louis: One becomes aware of so many thousands of years of head butting, tragedy, joyous moments, etc when you are here. I find it fascinating history.
A very unusual half arch and I appreciate that it is clean and well kept.
Louis: True, not a lot of detritus around, despite the age of the place.
This is good stuff Louis, I look forward to the Stations of the Cross.
Louis: Thanks gutteridge. Hope it is worth it.
Thanks for sharing this image and info with us.
Louis: The pleasure of posting, Jacquelyn
this is amazing to actually see where the Stations of the Cross started Louis... i was wondering why there were only half arches along this street... now i understand...
thanks for sharing this with us....petersmile
Louis: Well, i could explain one of the arches, but there are more here in the Muslim quarter - and they are just there. Most likely remnants of old buildings or whatever.
Mmm. I imagine one could come to grief on a dark night smile
Louis: Heh, heh. CCTV is all over the place, as is the soldiers and police. I walked here at night too.
A lot of biblical history is here...
Louis: The Bible comes to life in Israel, Larry.
i love this arching kind of a buttress, Louis. a nice exposure.
Louis: Thank you Ayush.

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