Christians celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

2015-04-05 12:39
A priest prays inside the  Holy Sepuchre Church in Jerusalem’s Old City.  (Thomas Coex, AFP)

A priest prays inside the Holy Sepuchre Church in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Thomas Coex, AFP)

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Jerusalem - About 1, 500 people gathered at Jerusalem's Garden Tomb at sunrise on Sunday to celebrate Easter when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified.

On a sunny but chilly morning, crowds of Christians from all over the world massed at a rock-cut tomb, which is next to a skull-shaped hill and is seen as a possible site of the crucifixion and resurrection.

Located in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, the so-called Garden Tomb was first discovered in the 19th century and quickly became a popular alternative site to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

According to both Latin and Orthodox Christian tradition, Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again on the site of the sprawling basilica in the Old City.

Old City walls

According to the Gospels, Jesus was crucified and buried a day after he celebrated Passover, then rose from the dead on the morning of what has become known as Easter Sunday - the most important day of the year for Christians.

Known as Gordon's Calvary after the British general who discovered it in 1894, the garden is situated about 200m outside the Old City walls under the shadow of a rocky outcrop that looks like a skull and is believed to be Golgotha, which is also known in Latin as Calvary.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter next weekend, according to the old-style Julian calendar.

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