Crucifixion Altar, The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre - Jerusalem

Crucifixion Altar
The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre - Jerusalem
Photograph courtesy of Christus Rex, Inc.

On each side of the altar a black marble disk recalls the memory of the two thieves crucified with Jesus, "one on the right, the other on the left" (Mark 15:27).  To the right of the altar an opening in the pavement shows the cleft that an old theological tradition links to the earthquake mentioned in Mathew 27:51.

 


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Credits:
Crucifixion Altar, The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre - Jerusalem, photo courtesy of Christus Rex, Inc.  Used by permission of Michael Olteanu.  Photo prepared by Michael Olteanu.
Descriptive text by John Abela, ofm and Michael Olteanu based on research by Albert Storm (SBF-Jerusalem).  Christus Rex, Inc. - http://www.christusrex.org/

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