Christians gather to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus during Holy Week.
It was in Jerusalem that, according to the Christian faith, Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected.
During Holy Week (which begins on Palm Sunday, the day that marks Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, according to the Gospels) worshippers gather at the sites where it is believed these critical events occurred.
On the two most significant days of Holy Week, mourning and celebrations each take a turn in Jerusalem.
On Good Friday, when Jesus is said to have been crucified, solemn processions take place in Jerusalem’s Old City. Many Christian pilgrims from all over the world proceed from the Mount of Olives to the Holy Sepulchre in the middle of the Old City. (See our exclusive coverage on the opening of the Holy Sepulchre and the alleged burial place of Jesus for the first time in hundreds of years.)
Many of the pilgrims carry wooden crosses to commemorate the crucifixion, some carrying it on their backs as Jesus was said to have been forced to do as he marched to his crucifixion.