Via Dolorosa

Jerusalem Tours

The Via Dolorosa often translated as “Way of Suffering” is a processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. In fact, it is believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. The winding route from the former Antonia Fortress to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage. The current route has been established since the 18th century; replacing various earlier versions. It is today marked by nine Stations of the Cross; there have been fourteen stations since the late 15th century, with the remaining five stations being inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. 



The Via Dolorosa begins in the Muslim Quarter, north of the Temple Mount, and ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Christian Quarter. The Via Dolorosa includes 14 stations in each of which something happened to Jesus on his way to the cross: in one station he fell, while in the other he met his mother. There are nine Via Dolorosa stops are scattered along the way, and the last five are all in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The term “Via Dolorosa” and the Hebrew term “the way of torment” are used to describe a road full of obstacles and difficulties.

Current Traditional Stations of the Via Dolorosa 

The traditional route starts just inside the Lions’ Gate (St. Stephen’s Gate) in the Muslim Quarter; at the Umariya Elementary School; near the location of the former Antonia Fortress. Then the Via Dolorosa makes its way westward through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter.

The current enumeration is partly based on a circular devotional walk, organized by the Franciscans in the 14th century; their devotional route, heading east along the Via Dolorosa, began and ended at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Also passing through both Gethsemane and Mount Zion during its course.

Trial by Pilate: Stations One and Two



So the first and second stations commemorate the events of Jesus’ encounter with Pontius Pilate; the former in memorial of the biblical account of the trial and Jesus’ subsequent scourging; and the latter in memorial of the Ecce homo speech; attributed by the Gospel of John to Pilate.


In This Photo: Second Station of the Cross – The Church of the Condemnation

Furthermore, on the site are three early 19th-century Roman Catholic churches; taking their names from these events; the Church of the Condemnation and Imposition of the Cross, the Church of the Flagellation; and the Church of Ecce Homo; a large area of Roman paving, beneath these structures; was traditionally regarded as Gabbatha or ‘the pavement’ described in the Bible as the location of Pilate’s judgment of Jesus.

apt-stamp-white@2x
arik-about

Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history. 

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Jaffa Gate

RELATED POSTS

Ben Gurion Desert Home

Ben-Gurion's desert home was the retirement home of Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion from the years 1953 until his death in 1973.

Yad La-Shiryon

Yad La-Shiryon is Israel’s official memorial site for fallen soldiers from the armored corps, as well as one of the most diverse tank museums! There ...

Achziv National Park

Achziv National Park is a popular attraction due to its stunning outdoor activities and amazing beaches. So join me and let's have fun!

My Go-To Parks at the Judaean Desert!

This post is about my favorite parks at the Judaean Desert. There are lots of parks to visit but there are only a few that are worth it!

Nabi Musa

Nabi Musa meaning "The Prophet Moses" is the name of a site in the West Bank believed to be the tomb of Moses (according to Muslims).

Tel Beer Sheva National Park

Tel Beer Sheva National Park is classical biblical tel that showcases what is a biblical town in the time of Abraham and the Iron Age.

Zedekiah’s Cave

Zedekiah’s Cave (also known as Solomon’s Quarries) is the largest artificial cave in Israel. It is located under the houses of the Muslim Quarter in ...

Ruhama Badlands

Ruhama Badlands is a nature reserve in the area of ​​Kibbutz Ruhama in the Negev. In Winter and Springtime is covered with flowers in bloom!

Korazim National Park

Close to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, just four kilometers from Capernaum; lies the Korazim National Park. Korazim (sometimes spelled “Chorazin”) was ...

Ayalon Institute Museum

Machon Ayalon, also known today as the Ayalon institute Museum tells the heroic story of those who fought in the 1948 War.

Need help?

Skip to content