A Pilgrim's Guide to the Holy Sepulchre and Golgotha in Jerusalem


We are happy that we can now make this 26 page booklet available to anyone who would like deeper insight into that pivotal moment of the Catholic faith: the location of Christ's death, burial and resurrection. The illustrations will show you how the tomb of Christ may have looked to those who passed by Golgotha on their way into Jerusalem. Many other views of the location throughout the centuries are included as well. 

To order, send a $10 check to Emily Cavins, PO Box 1533, Maple Grove, MN 55311 for the cost of the book and postage.

Detailed Book Description:

Archaeologist and Tour Guide, Emily Cavins has written this guide to aid pilgrims in unraveling the mystery of the current Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which at first visit seems to be a confusing mixture of structures and rooms unlike any church ever visited. This pilgrim's guide shows each phase of the Tomb of Christ and Golgotha from the First Century through the Crusader Era using illustrations by Valerie Woelfel that are drawn as though the viewer is standing in the courtyard of the current Church looking at the entrance. Valerie has also drawn several map diagrams of the different phases of Jerusalem from an aerial perspective to help the pilgrim understand the changes over the many centuries. Each chapter has a very brief synopsis about the illustration followed by a fuller description of each of the following eras: 

  • the time of Christ
  • the time of the Roman Emperor Hadrian
  • the time of Constantine
  • the time of the Crusaders

 followed by a numbered floor plan diagram of the current church with a key noting all of the main rooms, sites and chapels within the church as well as which Christian sect has jurisdiction of that spot. This booklet emphasizes the continuity of pilgrimage to this holy site and encourages the reader to enter in to the experience as though this place belongs to them. In the back of the guide, pilgrims can attach their own photo as a memento onto an illustration of the portals of the front entrance of the church. The text is fully footnoted.