The Via Dolorosa is considered one of the most important attractions in the Holy City. This is a 600-meter-long course that was set in the 18th century and replaced previous routes.
On the way, it leads the pilgrims along 14 stations, from the place of the trial of Jesus to Golgotha or Calvary Hill - the place of his crucifixion and rebirth - was believed to have taken place.
The term "Via Dolorosa," was born in medieval Europe, when the Christians began to reconstruct the journey of Jesus, and did not make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. A journey to Jerusalem was then expensive, dangerous, and very rare. Even the number of stations has changed over the years, ranging from 8 to 20 stations and finally setting at 14. Either way, the same ritual stations in Via Dolorosa have since been, symbolically, of course, in almost every Catholic church in the world.
Most pilgrims see walking along the Via Dolorosa as an experience of identification with Jesus, an act of sharing in their suffering. Many of them even carry a large wooden cross with them, just as their master carried it on his last journey.
Each station is marked with a round metal panel with the station number, on the wall and in semicircular paving at the entrance to it.
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