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.