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Church of the Flagellation

The Church of the Flagellation is a place of deep significance for Christians, located in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, near St. Stephen’s Gate. According to Christian tradition, this church marks the place where Jesus Christ was scourged by Roman soldiers before setting out on his journey along the Via Dolorosa to Calvary. Although tradition places this event in an area of Roman slabs beneath the Church of the Condemnation and the Convent of the Sisters of Sion, archaeological research has challenged this interpretation, indicating that Roman governors held their trials on the western hill of the city rather than in the area of the Church of the Flagellation.

The history of the church dates back to the time of the Crusades, although during the Ottoman period it was used as stables and private dwellings. In 1838, Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt handed the complex over to the Franciscans, who undertook a hasty reconstruction financed by Duke Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria. The present church, rebuilt between 1928 and 1929 by the Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi, preserves the original medieval style and is a place of Christian pilgrimage guarded by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

    • Address
      Al Alam 2-8, Jerusalem
    • Web
    • Visiting Hours
      Summer from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Winter from 8:00am to 5:00pm
    • What to see
      The place where Christ was flagelled

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