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Same as in the previous picture, the Via Dolorosa is now going uphill. It means we are ascending the hill of Golgotha. Many of the streets are like this one - narrow and with a lot of steps. Motorised transport is virtually impossible. This means, that if you had a shop along these ways, stocking the shop would involve a lot of manhandling.


Station 7 and 9: (Not in the picture) is where Jesus was supposed to have fallen under the weight of the cross, a second time. Neither of the 4 Gospels in the Bible, nor apocryphal writings; mentions that Jesus fell along the route. It may have happened, but we don't know. Whichever, it makes for good drama during Christ's Passion. Station 9 where it is said He fell for a third time, is not on the Via Dolorosa, but is at the entrance to the Ethiopian Orthodox Monastery, off the route and near to the end.


Station 8: (just a plaque on the wall up there) is where Jesus spoke to the women weeping for Him. The station is based on Luke 23: 28: "But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children, for behold, the days are coming when they will say, 'Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!".


May you all have a great weekend in good company.



comments (16)

Those archways are powerful...
Louis: They may be leftovers from earlier times (I think).
  • Martine
  • France
  • 17 Jun 2016, 02:59
J'aime beaucoup avec l'arche au-dessus de la rue.
Louis: Je vous remercie, Martine. Les arches sont magnifiques.
this is just good Louis!!
there is so much to look at in this image... and just as much history....petersmile
Louis: It is quite something to walk in places, so old, yet so alive, peter
It's interesting Station 9 is at the entrance to the Ethiopian Monastery...
Louis: Actually not on the Via Dolorosa. Many of the stations has more to do with claims, counter claims and a space in the sun for everyone.
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 17 Jun 2016, 06:08
What an impressive lane this is, Louis.
Louis: It is quite impressive to walk in places, so old, yet so alive, Ray.
Wonderful with these arches Louis!
Louis: They add some spice to the scenery, Richard.
So many interesting tidbits to be seen here, Louis, but I especially like the arches that appear to be holding up the walls do that that street below will stay in tact.
Louis: Maybe they have been introduced as spacers, so that builders will know what distance to keep from the other side smile A lot to see, Ginnie. I agree.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Jun 2016, 07:37
Now there are the hordes of tourists I remember - a fine image of the old town of Jerusalem.
Louis: Thank you Philine. If you want to see the hordes, you should view my picture of the past Monday.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Jun 2016, 07:43
Thank you for this Louis, I hope your weekend is a splendid one
Louis: Thanks Chris. It depends on win or loose smile
Another fine addition to this series
Louis: Thank you Bill.
  • Lisl
  • Europe
  • 17 Jun 2016, 08:56
It seems to have narrowed a lot - I wonder if buildings encroach more today than they did then
Louis: In this part, the Via Dolorosa goes along a narrower street. This city has been razed a few times. Apart from that, I think parts get renewed at times. A house can stand so long and then it needs to be propped up or rebuilt.
The 'Stations' never fail to move me Louis.
Louis: They do get one to think, indeed, gutteridge.
Amazing lanes as you could hardly call them streets. I did not know that the three falls were not mentioned in the bible.
Louis: They are narrow, for sure. The Via Dolorosa has quite a history - dating from somewhere shortly after 200 AD.
another fine view with those arches. one of them even has a window and presumably a room/corridor in there. excellent shot.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. It is quite something to walk in places, so old, yet so alive.
Those half-arches above the street are quite beautiful in design, but the street has narrowed down somewhat.
Louis: As I have indicated in an earlier post, the Via Dolorosa is route passing through various streets or parts of streets. Here it goes up a side street.
The flying buttresses are certainly interesting.
Louis: Interesting, I never thought that the arches could be buttresses. I didn't think they are capable of supporting roofs or keeping walls vertical. Just looked too flimsy - but, you may right, especially as I don't know a lot about old building techniques.

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