‘Prison of Christ’ reopens for prayer in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre
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‘Prison of Christ’ reopens for prayer in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre

Chapel, built on site where Jesus believed to be held before crucifixion, has been repaired over several years since a fire

A Christian worshiper visits the "Prison of Christ" in the church of Holy Monastery of the Praetorium, traditionally believed to be the site where Jesus was detained, in Jerusalem's Old City on February 8, 2019. (Thomas Coex/AFP)
A Christian worshiper visits the "Prison of Christ" in the church of Holy Monastery of the Praetorium, traditionally believed to be the site where Jesus was detained, in Jerusalem's Old City on February 8, 2019. (Thomas Coex/AFP)

A chapel built on a site where Christians believe Jesus was imprisoned by Roman soldiers ahead of his crucifixion has reopened after repairs, a Church official said Friday.

The site, which is in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, was repaired over a period of several years after a fire caused major damage.

“It is in this prison that Jesus was detained after he carried the cross along the Via Dolorosa,” a senior Greek Orthodox official told AFP Friday, asking not to be named.

“Since the end of January, it has once again become a place of prayer and contemplation,” the official said.

A view of the recently renovated “Prison of Christ,” inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre that is traditionally believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection, in Jerusalem’s Old City on February 8, 2019. (Thomas Coex/AFP)

The chapel houses two holes dug into rock that were used, according to tradition, to bind the feet of Jesus.

The two holes are protected by a window and are adorned by an icon representing Jesus’ hobbled feet and hands.

A picture taken on February 8, 2019, shows Jesus’ pillory inside the church of the Holy Sepulchre, that is traditionally believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection, in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Thomas Coex/AFP)

The chapel is under the sovereignty of the Greek Orthodox Church.

The site is also revered by the Armenian Church, as well as by representatives of the Catholic Church.

According to tradition, the Holy Sepulchre stands on the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial.

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