The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was the most sacred church to the Knights Templar. They built churches across Christendom that resembled its circular shape. From London to Segovia to Tomar and the Middle East, you can find Templar places of worship inspired by the Holy Sepulchre.
Why is it important? The Holy Sepulchre is believed to be the place where Jesus was both crucified and buried. That may seem implausible – and many Protestants dispute the claims – but for centuries the faithful have flocked here.
The Holy Sepulchre is divided between different Catholic and Christian orthodox denominations. So, you will see Ethiopian orthodox priests on the roof and Greek orthodox priests in the nave. Sometimes, they have been known to fight each other in very unholy turf wars.
These images are from my visit to the Holy Sepulchre in 2012 when I journeyed all over Israel. I’m looking forward to returning again very soon.