Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher Destroyed (1009 CE)

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher Destroyed (1009 CE)

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City is venerated by most Christians as the site of Jesus’ burial chamber and has been an important destination of pilgrimage since the 4th century. Its destruction in 1009 by caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah is often viewed as a direct impetus for the Crusades, though the church was rebuilt prior to the Crusaders’ arrival. The custodianship of the church is now grudgingly shared by several Churches. Who holds the key to the church’s main entrance? More… Discuss

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