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Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Free admission
Between Suq Khan e-Zeit and Christian Quarter Rd, Jerusalem

The Basics

Commissioned in the 4th century and restored many times since, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre mixes medieval and modern architectural styles and is primarily controlled by the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, and Roman Catholic churches. Visit to see holy sites like the Rock of Calvary (the reputed place of Jesus’ death) and what is believed to be Jesus’ tomb.

Most travelers visit the church on a tour of Jerusalem’s Old City with a knowledgeable guide. Opt for a walking tour that includes other sites, like the Western Wall; a Christianity-focused tour that follows Jesus’ footsteps; or single- or multi-day tours that combine sites in Old Jerusalem with stops at other notable places, such as Bethlehem, Masada, and the Dead Sea.

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Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
star-4.5
$50.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Old Jerusalem City tour
Omri our tour Guide did cover every thing.He is excellent in what he does. The rain did not prevent him from doing all the stations . We are satisfied.
Lin1221, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Jerusalem

star-5
Excellent Tour
nadiasm2001, Jan 2020
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
This was a great tour is a very comfortable bus. We stayed with the guide who was very knowledgeable about the city and it’s history. He was very helpful in guiding us to the Places where we wanted to go after this half day tour. It is a good tour and I would definitely recommend it.
star-5
Recommended tour.
luneytune, Oct 2018
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
4 star-good tour,and the 5th star goes to zelhi, the guide who was very informative and funny,excellent guide.
star-5
Ami was a great tour guide! We saw...
Mike G, Dec 2017
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
Ami was a great tour guide! We saw the Western Wall and went throughout the city of Jerusalem and we saw all the stations of the cross. Ami was very detailed in his descriptions. We only saw the Dome of the Rock from above the city, I would have liked to visit the mosque.
star-4
A great tour to see the most...
Laureen A, Nov 2017
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
A great tour to see the most important spots of the city and well managed by the guide. The half day allows you to then leave and go back to explore a bit more on your own without time constraints. The only downside part is the shop and lunch spots they take the group to as its organised for tourists and not the best prices... But you are better on your own to discover other places.
star-4
It was a pretty good tour, hitting...
Dennis L, May 2014
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
It was a pretty good tour, hitting both the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. You can only see the Dome of the Rock at a distance. (I don't think they let too many people in.) However, it didn't feel like there was a lack of things to visit, and the half-day went by pretty fast.
star-4
This trip is good, except we were...
Judy X, Oct 2017
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
This trip is good, except we were joined a half tour, actually. That means the group is seprated into two parts, we were the part stop at Jerusalem, and there is another part, will continue to the dead sea. So it will be a little confused if you don't know the process of the tour.
star-5
I joined this tour on 18 Nov and had...
Zachary C, Nov 2017
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
I joined this tour on 18 Nov and had a great time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained the significance of each site as we made our way through Jerusalem. Highly recommended!
star-4
We enjoyed this tour very much. Our...
Lawrence L, Oct 2017
Jerusalem Half-Day Tour from Tel Aviv: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
We enjoyed this tour very much. Our tour guide Avi was very knowledgeable and knew his facts. He was a very nice person too. Our driver too was excellent and we felt very safe at all times. We are very glad we chose Viator/Bein Harim.
star-5
Excellent tour and tour guide...
lehmn66, May 2016
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
Excellent tour and tour guide - unfortunately I don't remember his name. Very informative and a great introduction to Jerusalem - I highly recommend this as a first tour when you arrive in the city.
star-4
You have to do this tour before you...
June Howe K, Jul 2016
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
You have to do this tour before you start your tour of Israel. The guide is very knowledgeable and he is able to give a brief history of Israel.
star-4
It is a good overview of Jerusalem...
James L, Oct 2016
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
It is a good overview of Jerusalem. The guide took us to Mount of Olive and showed some sites and then stop by the good spot overlooking the dome of the rock and other domes to explain each of the structures. Then to the old city with all the important sites. Good introduction of Jerusalem and recommended.
star-5
Very organized for transportation...
Elizabeth A, May 2016
Jerusalem Half Day Tour: Holy Sepulchre and Western Wall
Very organized for transportation. Great Tour guide and amazing tour. worth much more than what I paid.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Holy Sepulchre is an important place of worship for Christians; visitors should dress appropriately and maintain a respectful attitude.

  • Admission to the church is free.

  • Wheelchair-users can access the church’s main floor but not the Rock of Calvary.

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How to Get There

The Holy Sepulchre stands between the Old City’s Souk Khan El-Zeit and Christian Quarter Road and is only accessible on foot. The quickest way there is through the Damascus Gate: Head southeast, toward Al G’absha, along Beit HaBad, and turn right onto Shuk Hatsaba’im before continuing to St. Helena Street, where the church stands.

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When to Get There

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is open from early morning until late evening every day. Hours vary seasonally, and the church opens later on Sundays. The site is always crowded, and lines can be long during the peak tourist season and religious holidays (especially Easter). To beat the worst crowds, visit as close to opening time as possible.

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Walking the Via Dolorosa

The Holy Sepulchre houses the last five of the 14 Stations of the Cross—specific locations along the Via Dolorosa, the path thought to have been walked by Jesus on his way to crucifiction. Many travelers walk the Via Dolorosa before visiting the church: The route starts at Jerusalem’s Lions’ Gate and continues to stations marking the spots where Jesus was reputedly sentenced by Pontius Pilate and where he stumbled under the cross’ weight.

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