After waiting quite a long time in St. Anne’s for the rain to let up a bit, we walked the Via Dolorosa about as quickly as we possibly could (so as not to get too wet).
It passed through the Muslim Quarter, including a very busy market, before coming out in a reasonably large square.
Just inside the entrance were stairs leading off to the right, up to Golgotha.
It used to be a quarry, so what was up those stairs was part of a large rock, one of the last bits of semi-quarried stone in the church. I didn’t go up the stairs myself, but when we went around the corner a bit, we could see the bottom part of the rock behind a glass case.
The Church of the Sepulchre is administered by six churches: Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Coptic Christians, Arminian Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox, and Russian Orthodox. All except the Copts agree on one grave site, which is immediately inside the entrance. It’s got an ornate surrounds and incense hung all above it; people were coming up to kiss the stone, to pour oil on it, or to rub cloth on it.
We went anti-clockwise around the corner and passed the aforementioned rock, as well as several other chapels belonging to various churches. The last one we came to was the Coptic grave site, which was inside a wooden box and had queues of people outside it. We went into the back wall, where a mostly untouched tomb from the same era was to go and look inside.
After leaving the Church of the Sepulchre, we headed west towards the Jaffa Gate. (The biggest gate in Jerusalem is the Jaffa Gate, and the biggest gate in Jaffa is the Jerusalem Gate. It’s because Jaffa used to be the port of Jerusalem).
We went to Christ Church, which is the first Protestant church to be built in Jerusalem. I’m assuming it’s Anglican, but that hasn’t been confirmed for me.
As well as the church, Christ Church also has a hotel, a café, and a restaurant, so we had lunch there.
It was 50 shekels (about $15) for chicken, pasta, potato, salad and fruit. Water was on the tables. There were just four large tables and you just sort of sat with anyone. I ended up on a table of mostly volunteers from the church: one from Texas, one from Ukraine, one from Poland, and two from England (one from Somerset but Surrey originally).