The signs are all there
This is going to be a day devoted to Christianity
Including the selling of all things to those who come to visit
We may be in the 'Christian' Quarter but this is still a city that was under Muslim control for 1500 years
On to our primary destination
This history of the church is that Saint Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine found the true cross on this location and that the Emperor as part of his adopting Christianity as the state religion of Rome, then had the first church built here.
From the outside
Nothing particularly imposing
But it is massive inside with a number of different area
There are three areas that are particularly holy to Christians
The area where his body was supposed to have been put on the ground when it came off the cross
The place where the cross was to have been put in the ground
And the site of his burial
Over the millennia this church has been built and destroyed many times. In recent history (the last 150 years) it suffered through an earthquake and a fire.
In style it is primarily Eastern in influence. If you remember all the Byzantine and Orthodox related design elements from our trip to Italy last Fall, you will recognize the same here.
Mosaics of all kinds
A service going on
Avoiding our cursed nemesis
The tour group!
Some object of veneration thought not sure what the significance is
Signs of the World
Our doom awaits us no matter where Wife and I travel