Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

SOPHRONIUS OF JERUSALEM (ca. 600 A.D.)
The Rock of the Cross

The Rock of the Cross

The top of the Rock of Calvary may be seen now through glass, following a careful restoration work done in 1988 A.D. by the Greek-Orthodox community to whom this place belongs. To the right, a "fissure" deep in the rock is reminding of the events mentioned in the Gospel when Jesus: "cried again with a loud voice and yielded his spirit. And behold the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and the rocks were split" (Mt 27:50-51). While the costantinian architect left the rock of Golgotha standing free and open to the sky, at Sophronius' times the rock was already included into a small structure built on four pillars connected by arches.

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Project, design, research and realization carried out by Eugenio Alliata ofm,
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Updated Thu, Dec 9, 1999 at 05:14 by John Abela ofm - Space by courtesy of Christus Rex
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