Umariya Elementary School

The Umariya Elementary School (مدرسة العمرية) is a madrassa in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. It is located at the start of the Via Dolorosa, and is adjacent to the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. Underneath the buildings of the school are remains of the Antonia Fortress.


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circa 10 BCE

The madrassa is named after the second caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab. It is believed to be the first station of the Via Dolorosa, where Pontius Pilate is said to have tried Jesus. The school is a functional educational institute. It is located on the north-western corner of al-Haram al-Sharif, the traditionally accepted site of the former fortress Antonia.


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