Chapel of Simon of Cyrene

The Chapel of Simon of Cyrene is a Catholic chapel belonging to the Franciscans in the Old City of Jerusalem. The place marks the fifth station of Via Dolorosa, and refers to the biblical episode in which Simon of Cyrene takes Jesus' cross, and carries it for him.


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circa 35 CE

The facade of the church has five points of interest i.e. the leaning stone, the lintel, the station marker, seal of franciscans and the Via dolorosa sign.

circa 35 CE

The interior of the chapel

circa 35 CE

The main service alter

circa 35 CE

The stone where Jesus is said to have leaned and touched with his hand when he felt dizzy and fell

circa 35 CE

The lintel about the entrance bears the the inscription "Simoni - Cyrenaeo | Crux Imponitur" meaning "Simon the Cyrene, Cross bearer".

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