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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
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The Holy Sepulchre church is one of the most important medieval buildings and pilgrimage destinations. Considered the center of the Christian universe, it commemorates the founding events of the Christian faith -- the crucifixion, the death, the entombment, and the resurrection of Christ.

The Holy Sepulchre complex (see also Holy Land Romanesque Architecture) was built primarily for protection and veneration of the places identified as Calvary and the tomb of Christ. At the time of the Second Temple, both Golgotha and the cemetery were situated o…

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Anastasia Keshman, “Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00156>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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