1st prel. Stat.
2nd prel. Stat.
3rd prel. Stat.
The meaning of the Way of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem
"Via Dolorosa" or "Via Crucis" designates a stretch of road between the Antonia fortress and Golgotha, along which Jesus Christ walked bowed under the weight of the Cross. The name dates from the sixteenth century, although the custom of retracing Jesus' steps to Golgotha began in the early centuries of Christianity.
According to the most common tradition the Antonia fortress and the Praetorium nearby were the sites where Jesus was brought before Pilate. The fortress, which stood near the north-west corner of the Jewish Temple, was the starting point for Jesus' painful walk toward Calvary, which at that time was outside the city walls.
Map of Via Dolorosa (Via Crucis) - small (19KB) - large (172KB)
The First Station - HERE Jesus is sentenced to death
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Information
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