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The secret world of Christian Jerusalem

On Good Friday, pilgrims retrace Jesus' steps to an ancient Jerusalem church.

The secret world of Christian Jerusalem

It's a secret world through a labyrinth of chapels and altars, a kaleidoscope of colors and textures.

Tucked away, deep in the maze of winding, narrow streets in Jerusalem’s Old City, stands the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the most famous religious sites in the world.

The church was built on the spot where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected. The church was constructed by the Byzantines and rebuilt by the crusaders. It remains the most popular destination for countless Christian pilgrims from across the globe.

On Good Friday, thousands of pilgrims retrace Jesus' last steps, making their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. On Saturday, believers will fill the church for a ritual known as the Holy Fire, where a flame is passed from candle to candle, until light fills the entire building.