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Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem in Israel is one of the oldest cities in the world and is one of my dream destinations ever since I was a young girl. It’s located on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. It’s a place of pilgrimage and worships for Christians, Jews and Muslims since the Biblical era and it’s definitely a religious site. You can find the Holy Church of the Sepulchre, Temple Mount compound, the Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, the Islamic Shrine and many more in this beautiful, ancient city. I’ve always wanted to go here and I was given the chance to do so, thanks to Project Muza.

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We did a two day tour in Jerusalem (which you’ll read all about it on my following posts), but I wanted to do an entire blog entry just for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Also known as the Church of the Resurrection by Orthodox Christians, this site is honoured as Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, died and was buried. This church also contains the place where Jesus was resurrected, so imagine the what I felt when I stepped inside the church. I can’t explain what I felt, but I got goosebumps and I couldn’t stop crying the minute I entered the Holy Church.

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There’s something about the atmosphere inside this church that made me feel extremely emotional, especially when I got inside this tomb. I didn’t know Raymond was taking photos of me while I was praying, but I hugged him and thanked him endlessly for this picture after we got out of the church. It’s really something worth remembering for the rest of my life.

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I went out to buy a couple of rosaries to give to my family and closest friends. I wanted to go back inside the church, fall in line again so I can put the rosaries on top of the tomb for good luck. Just as I was about to enter the church again, Raymond and I saw an Italian priest and we asked him where we can have our rosaries blessed. I was so shocked when he told us he could bless it himself and right then and there, he said a couple of prayers, took out Holy water and blessed our rosaries. I’ve never felt so lucky my entire life. My parents are so religious and I knew this would make them extremely happy. This exact moment made my 2015 extra memorable.

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Before leaving, I lit up my candle and prayed deeply and intently for myself, my family, friends and the world. I never thought I could actually visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre but I did. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and I’m forever grateful to be given the chance to do so. BMS.

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27 Comments

  1. Milet
    2 years ago

    I would love to visit this place in the future! omg 🙂 thanks for sharing this Ms. Lau!

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      You should!!! x

      Reply
  2. Donna Jean pelobello
    2 years ago

    AW, I WISH I COULD GO THERE TOO.. someday.
    May God bless you more Ms. Laureen..:)

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Reach your dreams 😉

      Reply
  3. Rachel Liwanag
    2 years ago

    wow your photos are so nice! my family would really love to visit jerusalem too 🙂

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    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      <3 I wanna go back!

      Reply
  4. Seyra
    2 years ago

    Wow, sobrang swerte mo lang. 🙂

    – Seyra
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    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Super lucky!! 🙂

      Reply
  5. Ellaine mijarrs
    2 years ago

    Would always dream of visiting places like this. so much to learn and discover. 🙂 may you have more travels to come! Xo

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Sana nga!! I’m really blessed <3

      Reply
  6. lesly anne
    2 years ago

    Happy for you <3 XX Marami bang taong dumadalaw din dun?

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Super dami!

      Reply
  7. gea riosa
    2 years ago

    my mom and i really wanted to go there. thanks for sharing this 😀

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      You should!!!

      Reply
  8. wins
    2 years ago

    This place is in my bukcetlist! 🙂
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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      <3

      Reply
  9. Wins
    2 years ago

    This is added in my bucketlist! thanks Laureen for inspiring.
    http://winsintrips.com/

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      You’re welcome x

      Reply
  10. Zyra
    2 years ago

    hI MS. LAUREEN WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE PO? ANG GANDA!

    Reply
    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Small cam lang! Panasonic LX 100 🙂

      Reply
  11. Viviene Kok
    2 years ago

    It is amazing what we encounter whilst travelling and the experience that are very much priceless 🙂

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Yes. Unforgettable memories!

      Reply
  12. ollyvialaura
    2 years ago

    Jerusalem is so lovely

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      It is!!! x

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  14. Kelly
    2 years ago

    IS this the church where North West was baptised? Beautiful photos by the way! 🙂

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Dito ba?? Di ko alam!! Hehehe

      Reply

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