* Memories till
* Arrival of
* Jeudi saint
* Séder Juif
St Stephen and
The jewish tradition had, from the days of Herod, pointed out to this hill as being the site of the fortress occupied by David, that is, the fortress of Sion. The Christians, therefore, establishing themselves on the area, considered themselves as established on Mt. Sion. One memory remained indelibly attached to Sion, that of the Protomartyr St. Stephen. In 415 his remains were transferred to Sion until the Empress Eudoxia had finished in 460 the basilica to the north of Jerusalem, purposely built to receive them.
The cenotaph on Sion commemorating King David
And even after the transfer the former resting place was mentioned by pilgrims
as the tomb, and some even pointed it out as the Tomb of David, thus giving
rise to the unhappy legend which in the 14th and 15th centuries was one of the reasons for which the Christians were expulsed from the sanctuary.