Foto Good Friday

In the Christian world, today is Good Friday, marking the day Jesus was crucified. In Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), also known as the Way of the Cross, is traditionally held to be the route Jesus walked from his judgement to his death and entombment. The Via Dolorosa winds through the Old City from the Church of the Flagellation to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Fourteen stations mark particular moments along the way, based on biblical and other traditions. The images below include some of the stations and other sites on the Via Dolorosa.

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Church of the Flagellation, center altar window showing Jesus being scourged and crowned with thorns

Church of the Flagellation, center altar window showing Jesus being scourged and crowned with thorns

Church of the Flagellation, the window on the right side of the altar, showing the convict Barabbas being released instead of Jesus, according to the demands of the crowd

Church of the Flagellation, the window on the right side of the altar, showing the convict Barabbas being released instead of Jesus, according to the demands of the crowd

Church of the Flagellation, Jerusalem, the left altar window showing Pilate washing his hands of responsibilty for the death of Jesus

Church of the Flagellation, Jerusalem, the left altar window showing Pilate washing his hands of responsibility for the death of Jesus

The arch outside the Ecce Hommo Church (Behold the Man!), where Pilate presented the bound and bloodied Jesus to the crowd

The arch outside the Ecce Hommo Church (Behold the Man!), where Pilate presented the bound and bloodied Jesus to the crowd

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

According to tradition, Jesus stumbled three times as he carried the cross. The Third Station of the Cross marks the first fall.

According to tradition, Jesus stumbled three times as he carried the cross. The Third Station of the Cross marks the first fall.

The Fourth Station of the Cross marks where Jesus encountered his mother Mary.

The Fourth Station of the Cross marks where Jesus encountered his mother Mary.

shop on the Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

shop on the Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

vegetable vendor on the Via Dolorosa

vegetable vendor on the Via Dolorosa

the Sixth Station of the Cross, where tradition holds a woman named Veronica wiped the face of Jesus as he passed

the Sixth Station of the Cross, where tradition holds a woman named Veronica wiped the face of Jesus as he passed

daily life on the Via Dolorosa

daily life on the Via Dolorosa

the Via Dolorosa ends at the Holy Sepulchre Church, where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected, according to some traditions

the Via Dolorosa ends at the Holy Sepulchre Church, where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected, according to some traditions

inside the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

inside the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

the tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

the tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem

Thanks to Sallie Volotzky for many of these images.

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