Armenian Station of the Holy Women (Holy Sepulchre)

The shrine is the Armenian Station of the Holy Women is a small circular slab with four pillars surmounted by a marble canopy. It commemorates Jesus’ mother and her companions who viewed the crucifixion. On the wall behind the shrine, a large mosaic recalls the scene. The Armenians’ sacristy is on the left. From this position the Aedicule can be seen.

circa 325 CE

Located south of the Aedicule (to the right) is the "Place of the Three Marys", marked by a stone canopy and a large modern wall mosaic. From here one can enter the Armenian monastery which stretches over the ground and first upper floor (stairs to the left) of the church's southeastern part. The Three Marys or Maries is a term referring to the women mentioned in the canonical gospels narratives of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, several of whom were, or have been considered by Christian tradition, to have been named Mary.

circa 325 CE

The circular slab commemorates the station from where the Mary Mother of Jesus is said to have watched the crucifixion along her companions. The three Mary's that the Gospel of John mentions are; Mary (mother of Jesus), Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Clopas. The Gospels other than that of John do not mention Jesus' mother or Mary of Clopas as being present. Instead they name Mary of Jacob (Mark and Matthew), Salome (Mark), and the mother of the sons of Zebedee (Matthew).

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