Holy Sepulchre: The Nightly Closing & Locking of the Door

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I promised more information about our Jerusalem trip from last weekend. A group of us walked to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre after dinner to watch the door closing. Six different Christian groups have rights in the church (Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Latin, aka, Roman Catholic, Syrian, and Coptic, and Ethiopian), but they can’t agree on who should have the key. For the last 200 years, the key has been held by the same Muslim family. This guy is obviously used to a crowd watching him; and one can tell I’m not the only person there with a camera—count the number of flashes!