Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Station X

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For today's ABC Wednesday, let's take X as the Roman numeral for ten.

Station X of the Way of the Cross marks where Jesus reached Golgotha and was stripped of most of his garments by the Roman soldiers.
Enlarge this photo to enjoy the intricate stone carving from Crusader times.
Now it is glassed-in, but the entrance to the 10th Station was from the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
The flight of very steep stairs was originally built by the Crusaders as a way of giving pilgrims direct access to the chapels on Golgotha.

Here is a view, through the glass, of the Latin Chapel of the Agony of the Virgin.
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12 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful photos of a place many of us will never see. Thank you, Dina.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Roger Owen Green said...

A fascinating piece of a painful history
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hels said...

It is fantastic that the crusader craftwork survived. I am very impressed.

Halie Santos - Dayo said...

Thank you so much for taking us on a wonderful tour.

Nathalie
ABC Wednesday Team

RuneE said...

I must digress, but when I saw "Station X" was a kind of church, my mind immediately switched to the St. Pancras Station in London, which is a station that looks like church.

Impressive stonework!

VP said...

Once and then something I remember...

Adullamite said...

Good pics!

Sara said...

Thank you for the views and details. The stone carvings from Crusader times are beautiful and I don't remember them from when I was there in person....it was too crowded and too much to see! Perhaps next time....

Dina said...

Dear friends, thanks for your impressions and "digressions."

Sara, I think this chapel is almost never noticed by visitors. You cannot enter it. If not for the blog, I would not have climbed up those steep and narrow stairs to peek in. With no railing to steady you, coming down is kinda scary. It's higher than it looks.
Even though it is now built over, you are actually climbing up the hill of Golgotha.

Petrea said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I would love to explore every inch of it.

Francisca said...

Not only a creative X post, Dina, but amazing stone carvings.

jennyfreckles said...

I stood right there and never noticed the wonderful carvings. Those Jerusalem tours whisk you around so quick - I must come back!