A new virtual reality walking tour will allow people to see Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago.
'Prison of Christ' reopens to pilgrims in Jerusalem
Visitors are being allowed back to a place in Jerusalem where some people believe Jesus was held captive prior to his crucifixion.
The 'Prison of Christ' chapel had been closed to tourists for a number of years while repairs were carried out following a fire which caused significant damage.
A senior official from the Greek Orthodox Church told the AFP news agency: "It is in this prison that Jesus was detained after he carried the cross along the Via Dolorosa.
"Since the end of January, it has once again become a place of prayer and contemplation."
Tradition has it that pits dug into rock within the chapel were used to bind Jesus' feet. Today, they are protected by a window casing.
The 'Prison of Christ' forms part of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - a major site for Christian pilgrimage, particularly during Easter.
Some people believe the landmark - located in the Christian quarter of the Old City - marks the place where Jesus was put to death and buried.
A couple of years ago I published an article in Speculum on the Prison of Christ in #Jerusalem (at https://t.co/JIFEjNjU4f). The Prison is now being renovated and the crusader capitals are newly visible. It’s looking less like a prison than previously.... pic.twitter.com/gVdtFFVJgq— Anthony Bale (@RealMandeville) September 26, 2018
Different parts of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are overseen by different churches - Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian.
The 'Prison of Christ' comes under the authority of the Greek Orthodox Church.
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