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  • Holy Sepulchre chapel - Görlitz
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Although there are still 16 Holy Sepulchres more in Germany the one in Görlitz is very special and unique. It is considered to be the only one exact copy of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as it existed until the 16th century before it was severely damaged by a fire.

The area consists of four parts: Holy Cross chapel (see picture), the small salvation house, Holy Sepulchre chapel and way of the cross.

It was built 1481 - 1504 as a donation of mayor Georg Emmerich, who went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem 1464. The Holy Sepulchre in Görlitz has quickly become an important pilgrimage place. Despite of reformation the tradition is kept.

The Holy Cross chapel is a double chapel: the lower floor chapel (Adam chapel) was built with a crack in the wall (hint on the earthquake during the execution of Jesus Christ) which is connected to the upper floor chapel (Golgatha chapel) where three holes on the floor symbolise the location of the crosses. Beautiful gothic architecture.

In the small salvation house you can see a group of sculptures depicting Maria Magdalena salving Jesus, a work of Hans v. Olmützer (1500).

The Holy Sepulchre chapel is an exact smaller (scale ?)copy of the one in Jerusalem as it existed 1099 - 1555. Oriental - Romanesque style.

The way of the cross (via Dolorosa) begins at the Western portal of St. Peter and Paul church and leads to the Holy Cross chapel. Two small shrines are preserved, impressive the one at the corner Nikolaigraben/Bogstrasse symbolising the place where Simon of Cyrene took over the cross from Jesus.

When you're standing in front of the Holy Cross chapel you can see a park in the north. It symbolises the Kidron valley and the adjoining Mount of Olives.

Address: Heilige-Grab-Straße 79
Directions: Northern end of of the city
Phone: (03581)31 58 64

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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