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

SOPHRONIUS OF JERUSALEM (ca. 600 A.D.)
The Column of the Flagellation

The Column of the Flagellation

A considerable fragment of a porfiry pillar, of about 30 cm in diametre, is shown to the pilgrims in the Franciscan Chapel inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. An old tradition maintain that this it is part of a column to which our Lord Jesus Christ may have been tied while beeing scourged by the soldiers upon Pilates' orders (John 19:1). The byzantine church erected on the spot of the Praetorium in Jerusalem, and described by Sophronius, was dedicated to the "Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom)". Destroyed in unknown circumstances, possibly during the Persian conquest of Jerusalem in 614 A.D., the church was not soon rebuilt and thus completely disappeared.

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