Η Καλομοίρα θα βαφτίσει στο χωριό της τα δίδυμα!

Η Καλομοίρα θα βαφτίσει στο χωριό της τα δίδυμα!

Η Καλομοίρα θέλει να βαφτίσει τα δίδυμά της στο χωριό της, στα Νιάτα Λακωνίας.

«Θέλαμε πολύ να γίνει η βάφτιση στην Ελλάδα, γιατί είναι η γιαγιά μου εκεί και κάποιοι άλλοι άνθρωποι που δεν μπορούσαν να έρθουν στο γάμο και λέγαμε μήπως το κάνουμε εκεί αλλά δεν ξέρω.Αν γίνει, θα γίνει το καλοκαίρι, αλλά θα δούμε.

Είναι πολύ μικρά και είναι έγκυος και η κουνιάδα μου και λέμε να είμαστε όλοι εδώ. Δεν είμαστε σίγουροι», είπε στο δελτίο ειδήσεων του Star!

«Νονοί των μωρών θα είναι οι κουμπάροι μας, ο Αγάπιος και ο Γιώργος και θα έχουμε και δύο γυναίκες για να έχει το κάθε παιδί για νονούς ένας κορίτσι και ένα αγόρι. Έτσι πήρα την αδελφή μου και την ξαδέλφη μου την Ελένη» τόνισε η τραγουδίστρια!

Όσο δε για τα κιλά που πήρε κατά τη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης της δήλωσε: «Προσπαθώ να χάσω τα κιλά της εγκυμοσύνης. Πήρα πάρα πολλά. Ήμουν σχεδόν 90 κιλά. Έχω ακόμα πολλά να χάσω. Έχω προπονητή που κάνουμε γυμναστική μαζί και τρώω σωστά, ψάρια, φρούτα και βιταμίνες».

 

Η τραγική ιστορία του Έλληνα ηθοποιού που υποδύθηκε τον Χριστό

Η τραγική ιστορία του Έλληνα ηθοποιού που υποδύθηκε τον Χριστό

Η μεταφορά του ”Χριστού” στην ελληνική τηλεόραση και τα αληθινά ”πάθη” του Αλέξη Γκόλφη.

Η σειρά ”ο Χριστός ξανασταυρώνεται” ήταν σταθμός στην ελληνική τηλεόραση και ήταν βασισμένη στο ομώνυμο βιβλίο του Νίκου Καζαντζάκη. Η σειρά προβλήθηκε την σεζόν 1975- 1976. Η σκηνοθεσία ήταν του Βασίλη Γεωργιάδη και πρωταγωνιστούσαν οι: Αλέξης Γκόλφης, Κάτια Δανδουλάκη, Λυκούργος Καλλέργης, Ανδρέας Φιλιππίδης, Γιώργος Φούντας, Γεωργία Βασιλειάδου και πολλοί άλλοι.
Αξίζει όμως να σταθούμε στον Αλέξη Γκόλφη, τον ηθοποιό που έπαιξε τον ρόλο του Μανωλιού-Χριστού.

Ο Αλέξης Γκόλφης γεννήθηκε στις 9 Μαρτίου του 1948.
Ξεκίνησε το 1973 να παίζει μικρούς ρόλους στην τηλεόραση με την καθοδήγηση του Βασίλη Γεωργιάδη.
Το 1975 υποδύθηκε τον Μανωλιό-Χριστό στην επιτυχημένη σειρά ”ο Χριστός ξανασταυρώνεται” και η ζωή του άλλαξε σε μια νύχτα. Όλη η Ελλάδα τον κάνει είδωλο, τον προσκυνούν του φιλούν τα χέρια και τα πόδια. Παίρνει χιλιάδες γράμματα λατρείας για το πρόσωπο του, αλλά και συμπάθειας για την εξέλιξη της σειράς όπως τον αφορισμό που δέχεται από τον παπά-Γρηγόρη (Λυκούργο Καλλέργη). Ακόμα και ξόρκια δεχόταν για τα δεινά που τραβούσε σαν ήρωας της σειράς.
Ο ρόλος αυτός τον σημάδεψε και τον ακολούθησε σε όλη την ζωή του. Ταυτίστηκε μαζί του. Χάθηκε μεταξύ ρόλου και πραγματικότητας. Έμπλεξε με ναρκωτικά και ζούσε σαν ρακοσυλλέκτης. Έφυγε το 2007 άστεγος και μόνος σε ένα εγκαταλελειμμένο σπίτι κάπου στην πλατεία Κολιάτσου. Για 2 μήνες έμεινε στο νεκροτομείο μιας και κανείς δεν τον είχε αναζητήσει. Η κηδεία του έγινε με δαπάνη της ΕΡΤ.
Έμεινε όμως στο Ελληνικό τηλεοπτικό πάνθεον ως ο μόνος Έλληνας ηθοποιός που ενσάρκωσε τον Χριστό και μάλιστα με τεράστια επιτυχία.

DJ Krazy Kon presents KINGS OF MYKONOS “THE PARTY” SATURDAY 25 MAY

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Featuring special guests NICK GIANNOPOULOS + VINCE COLOSIMO + ALEX DIMITRIADES (yes all 3 of them)

For the first time in Australia, the Kings of Mykonos, the wogboys, the stars of your favourite movie come together in a club event not to be missed

Plus Superstar dj lineup:

KRAZY KON (International dj – AUS,NZ,USA + ‘GREECE ‘CD series
producer)

EXARHOS (International dj- XClub Kos, GR)

DIMI K

ARTY GROOVE featuring Priscilla Martinez live vocals

ADONIS

DIMI GEE

Playing the hottest greek beats and international house hits

Tickets: $40 online | $45 booths tables | $50 at door

For tickets Call 0418 451 481 or buy online atwww.krazymusic.com.au

VIP booths and table reservations (Tapas menu available)

Greece 2013 Launch

WIN signed Kings of Mykonos DVDs

Doors open 9.30pm | 18+ ID essential

BLUEBEAT – 16 CROSS ST, DOUBLE BAY

THIS WILL BE A GUARANTEED SELLOUT EVENT SO GET IN EARLY. BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY AND DONT MISS OUT!!!

The Hellenic Initiative announces the winners of its 2013 Greek entrepreneur award

The winners of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award

The Hellenic Initiative announced the four winners of its 2013 Hellenic Entrepreneurships Award at a special gathering in Athens this week.

The winners are:

Giorgos Terizakis and Angeliki Tsimpli of Stella Mar, a seafood business focused on sardines and anchovies from the Greek seas. Stella Mare fillets and organically processes the fish, preserving the finished product in a unique blend of organic olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices. They will receive award funding of 190,000 euros.

Ekaterini Rantou and Theodora Efthimiou of the Corfu Living History Museum. They will receive 145,000 euros to recreate the environment of an historic mansion on Corfu. The Living History Museum will depict the everyday life of 19th century nobility. It will include animated figures and the essences and sounds of the age to create an authentic and involving experience.

Margarita Vitali Sarantopoulou will receive 130,000 euros for her Great Catering, a catering concept for corporate or private entertaining. Great Catering does not utilize standard menus but offers a wholly bespoke service with a special emphasis on presentation, based on the host’s individual preferences.

Yiannis Broustas, George Lentzas and Leonidas Garyfallos won 110,000 euros for their smartphone and tablet application RabT that generates a curated video sequence for every user based on a dynamic algorithm that analyzes users’ profile and feedback on every video watched.

The award

This is the first annual Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award program organized by the Hellenic Initiative, a global, non-profit, non-governmental secular institution founded earlier this year.

Not only will the winners secure the funding they need to create and grow their business, but they will also receive mentoring from experienced business leaders and a full range of business support services.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award is funded and administered by the Libra Group (an international conglomerate, has its origins in Greek shipping), which has committed more than five million euros to the award. Other supporters include the Australia-based property investment and development company, Jalouise Pty Ltd, which has contributed $500,000 to the program.

“The judges were extremely impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness displayed by the winners’ business plans. All of them are smart business ideas grounded in the pragmatism and financial prudence essential to business success. We hope that the funding and support provided by the award will help each business to achieve its goals,” said Jimmy Athanasopoulos, the director of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award.

The winners were chosen on the basis of their business plans which demonstrated innovation, job creation, financial discipline, sustainability and social responsibility. In addition to the business funding.

“These entrepreneurs represent the future of Greece. We are proud of their courage and their commitment to building strong businesses as the foundation for economic renewal in Greece and future prosperity for its people,” said Andrew N. Liveris, a founding member of The Hellenic Initiative.

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Οι Γερμανοί θέλουν στις εταιρείες τους Ελληνες φοιτητές για πρακτική

Συμφωνία για την πρακτική άσκηση Ελλήνων φοιτητών και σπουδαστών σε γερμανικές επιχειρήσεις αναμένεται να συνάψει το επόμενο χρονικό διάστημα αντιπροσωπεία του Δήμου Λαγκαδά που θα μεταβεί στη Γερμανία προκειμένου να έχει συνάντηση με τον εντεταλμένο της Γερμανίδας καγκελαρίου Ανγκελας Μέρκελ για την Ελληνογερμανική Συνεργασία, Χανς Γιοακίμ Φούχτελ αλλά και με εκπροσώπους από την αδελφοποιημένη πόλη Steglitz- Zehlendorf, που βρίσκεται στην περιοχή του Βερολίνου.

Σύμφωνα με τον συνεργάτη του Δημάρχου Γιάννη Αναστασιάδη, Δημήτρη Τσιροτζίδη, το «σενάριο» που εξετάζεται είναι οι φοιτητές επί πτυχίω από τον Λαγκαδά να μεταβαίνουν για συγκεκριμένο χρονικό διάστημα (ένα ή δύο εξάμηνα ή τετράμηνα) στη Γερμανία προκειμένου να αποκτήσουν επαγγελματική εμπειρία σε γερμανικές επιχειρήσεις που δραστηριοποιούνται κυρίως στον κλάδο της τεχνολογίας και της καινοτομίας. Προς το παρόν η γερμανική πλευρά βρίσκεται σε συνεννόηση με τις επιχειρήσεις προκειμένου να υπάρξει συνεννόηση για την φιλοξενία των Ελλήνων φοιτητών και την κάλυψη των βασικών τους εξόδων.

Προϋπόθεση για την εν λόγω συνεργασία είναι η σύναψη συμφωνίας με τα ασφαλιστικά ταμεία της Γερμανίας που θα δώσουν το «πράσινο φως» για την έναρξη των επισκέψεων.

Πηγή: iefimerida.gr

Possible Ancient Burial Ground Discovered Beneath Sea of Galilee in Israel

Source: Reuters

Archaeologists are studying evidence of a 60,000-ton stone structure at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee in Israel that could denote an ancient burial ground.

The giant cone-shaped configuration is formed by basalt cobbles and boulders up to four feet in diameter and its base lies roughly 40 feet beneath the surface, reports CNN.

Researcher Yitzhak Paz, of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University, told Live Science that the mound could date back more than 4,000 years. “The more logical possibility is that it belongs to the third millennium B.C., because there are other megalithic phenomena [from the same time] that are found close by,” he said.

Although researchers carrying out a sonar survey of the sea first discovered the 30-foot-tall ‘monument’ in 2003, divers have only now been down to investigate further. Their findings have just been published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.

“This is such a huge structure that it truly is something unusual,” Dani Nadel, an archeologist from the University of Haifa, told CNN. “It could have been a big ceremonial structure, or a ramp. There could have once been statues on top of people in certain rituals. I mean, I’m really going wild here. The truth is we don’t know how it was constructed, what its exact age is, how it was used, or how long ago it was used. We have several speculations, but we don’t know much except that it’s there and it’s huge.”

Other explanations include the possibility that it was created below the surface as a fish nursery, as similar smaller structures have already been discovered that were built for that purpose.But the main theory is that the 230-f00t-wide structure — larger than a Boeing 747 — was built on dry land and then became submerged as the water level rose. Underwater archaeological excavations are now being planned in order to find associated artifacts that might reveal more about its true function, according to the Daily Mail.

The Sea of Galilee is actually a freshwater lake — the largest in Israel and lowest on the planet — and measures roughly 64 square miles with a maximum depth of 141 feet. It plays a key role in the New Testament — Jesus would often teach by its shores — and remains a major destination for Christian pilgrims.

Church of Holy Sepulchre

History:

Madaba map: Constantine’s basilica

  • Constantine’s Basilica (4th-7thC)

   The Church was established in 333 by the Roman emperor Constantine, after his mother, Queen Helena, marked the place of Golgotha during her visit in 326AD. The site was selected based on memories of the site as an execution place, and on the existence of a garden, tombs and fragments of wood planks.

  The large basilica was leveled by the Persian intrusion (614AD). The new church was built on top of it, so few remains of the foundation are left. However, this basilica is illustrated in the Byzantine mosaic map of Madaba, which was discovered in 1884 in a Byzantine church in Madaba, Jordan. This ancient map, laid out in the 6th C AD, shows the map of the Holy Land, with dozens of illustrated sites, including Jerusalem and the original basilica that once stood there. It has three doors on the front, parts of one of them survived in the current structure.

 
  • Restored Basilica (7th-11th C)

   After the conquest of Jerusalem by the Arabs (638AD) the basilica was partially restored on a smaller scale. It was initially  honored by the new rulers, who respected Jesus and his burial place. However, it was again leveled in 1010AD by the Arab rulers when their faith became more extreme. This destruction may have sparked the Crusaders waves of conquest, which aimed at regaining the control of the Holy city and rebuilding the church.

  • Crusaders (11-12th C)

   In 1099AD the Crusaders take the city and hold it until 1187.  They restored the basilica and inaugurated it in 1149AD as St. Sepulchre. After the surrender and fall of the city to the Saladin army, the Arabs honored the church, and the key to the church was kept by Arab families – until this date.

   The third Crusaders campaign (1189-1192) attempted to recapture the Holy city and regain control of the church, but failed. However, a treaty between Richard and Saladin (1192-1195) allowed pilgrims to visit the church. Five more Crusades (1204-1270) also failed to regain the city.

  • Modern times

   In July 1927 the church suffered damages in the 6.3 magnitude earthquake .

   The church is controlled by different Christian denominations within the church, each having a part of it: Catholics, Armenian, Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic and Ethiopian. The Muslim families have the key to the main door since 1187, and used to sit in the entrance, manage the church, and mediate  between the different denominations. It is opened to the public and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors year round.

Structure:

     A floor plan of the church is seen below. The Holy Sepulchre (tomb, marked in orange) is located in the center of the Rotunda hall, under the larger dome. Inside the church are many altars and points of interest; they are detailed in the sections below, with smaller maps that pinpoint the specific location inside the church.

You can point and click on most of the sites to navigate to the selected description.

Photos:

The photos below follow a clock wise tour of the church, starting from the entrance on the south side.

(a) General view:

 A general view of the structure is seen from the bell tower of the Redeemer church, on the east side of the Holy Sepulcher. The larger dome is located over the Rotunda, the round hall where the tomb of Jesus is located. The smaller dome on its right is located over the Catholicon hall.

View of the Holy Sepulcher from the east side

(b) Yard and entrance:

   

   The church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of the crucifixion and burial site of Jesus, can be approached from the St. Helena alley in the Christian quarter, through a gate, as seen on the right side.

    After passing the gate, there is an open yard before the church. On both sides of the yard are small churches, while the entrance to the Holy Sepulchre is located on the north side of the yard, as seen below.

Entrance to the Church through St. Helena alley

Yard in front of the Church of Holy Sepulcher.

   This is the view from the yard on the south side of the church, where the main door is located.  There are a pair of doors, but the right door is blocked off.  On the right side are stairs that lead to the Catholic’s Chapel of the Franks, the 10th station on Via Dolorosa (- stripping off Jesus garments).

Entrance to the Church of Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem.

   In the base of the middle column on the left door is a large crack. There are reports on a fire that came out of that column in 1547. This incident is regarded by Greek Orthodox Christians as a miracle of the Holy fire that happened after they were banned from entering the Church, and helped them to reclaim rights of access.

   Other cases of the “Holy fire” occurred inside the church near the tomb of Jesus, or during a Greek Orthodox ceremony held on the night before Easter day. In such ceremonies the Patriarch lights up a fire, symbolizing the resurrection,  and passes the fire to torches held by the crowd.

   In one such case (1834) the fire caused a great panic, and hundreds of pilgrims that packed the halls were crushed when the crowd pushed their way out.

(c) Stone of Anointing (Unction):

   After entering the doors, the hall opens to the southern hall. On the floor near the entrance lays the stone of anointing. According to tradition, the body of Jesus was laid on this stone after it was removed from the cross.   The plan of the church is seen on the right; the location of the stone of Anointing is marked by a red marker close to the southern main entrance.

   In the photo below – the stone of anointing (unction) greets the visitors, who kneel, pray and kiss the stone. Above the stone are lamps, each donated by one of the denominations.

Church of Holy Sepulcher: Stone of Anointing

   This tradition is based on John 19: 40: “Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury”.

   This is also illustrated on the wall mosaic above the entrance (see part of it on the right side).

Part of the mosaic painting above the entrance; shows the body of Jesus on the stone of Anointing

A closer view of the stone of Anointing is seen below.

Stone of Anointing

A view from the from the Crucifixion altar – on the second floor – is seen below.

Stone of Unction (Anointing) from the Crucifixion altar

 (d) Catholicon:

   The eastern dome and galleries are part of the Catholicon (“general”). This is a large Greek Orthodox cathedral, seen in the photo below.

   The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the cathedral marked by a red marker in the center of the church.

  

The Catholicon, which parts of it is seen below, was the main part of the Crusader church.

The Catholicon.

 (e) Armenian Chapel:

   West to the Anointing stone is a small Armenian shrine, seen in the photo below.The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the Chapel marked by a red marker on the southern side of the Rotunda.

Armenian chapel south to Jesus Tomb.

The photo below shows a view from the east side.

Armenian chapel

(f) Rotunda and Aedicule:

   The heart of the Holy Sepulchre is a round hall (“Rotunda”). Here, in the center of the circle, the tomb of Jesus is located in a smaller structure – the Aedicule – which has two chambers (the Chapel of the Angle and the room of the tomb).  The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the Rotunda marked by a red marker on the western side of the church, below the main dome. The tomb is marked by an orange color in the center.

    The photo below shows the ceiling of the hall. The natural light filters in from the top of the cape, casting a holy spell over the hall. The dome, 11M high, is supported by 18 massive columns, and the only major part in the church that corresponds to the Constantine church.

Holy Seplucher: The Rotunda

The tomb of Jesus is located in the center of the hall, within the structure (Aedicule) seen below.

Tomb of Jesus within the Rotundo.

(g) Chapel of the Angel:

   The entrance to the tomb is through a narrow door on the east side. There is normally a queue to the enter the inner chamber.

Entrance to the tomb of Jesus

   The first chamber is called the “Chapel of the Angel”. A fragment of the blocking stone of the Sepulchre is stored here. It is called after the angel that removed the stone. The Biblical text (Matthew 28 2-3): “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow”).
Chapel of the Angel inside the tomb of Jesus

(h) Tomb of Jesus:

Behind the Chapel is another narrow door which leads to a smaller chamber – the tomb of Jesus.

Entrance to the tomb of Jesus

Parts of the tomb’s interior is seen below.  The room of the tomb is 2M by 93cm.  A marble lid covers the tomb.

Interior of the tomb of Jesus.

(i) Coptic Chapel:

   Behind the tomb of Jesus is the Coptic chapel .

 The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the Chapel marked by a red marker on the western side of the church, adjacent to the Tomb of Jesus.

(j) Jacobite Chapel:

   Behind the tomb of Jesus, on the western side of the Rotunda walls,  is the Jacobite (Syrian Orthodox) chapel.

 The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the Chapel marked by a red marker on the western side of the church.

 The chapel, seen below, is located in the 4th C Constantine church walls. The altar and walls around it were damaged by fire. On the southern side of the chapel are 1st C Jewish tombs. According to tradition, they are of Joseph of Arimathea and Nikodemus who took down and buried the body of Jesus (Luke 23: 50-56).

Jacobite chapel

(k) Chapel of Mary Magdalene:

   On the north side of the Rotunda, the hall of the tomb, is the Franciscan Chapel of Mary Magdalene. Mary of Magdala (Migdal) accompanied Jesus on his way to the cross and burial (Mark 15, 47: “And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus beheld where he was laid”) .

 The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the Chapel marked by a red marker on the north-western side of the church, adjacent to the Rotunda.

   The altar is on the left side (shown on the next picture), while the Rotunda is seen in the background. On the north side of the chapel are more rooms.

Chapel of Mary Magdalene

  A view of Mary Magdalene is seen in the photo below.

(l) Greek Orthodox chapel –  Prison of Jesus:

      On the North-Eastern side of the Church, walking around the northern ambulatory,  is a Greek Orthodox  chapel of the Prison of Jesus.

 See plan of the church on the right; the location is marked by a red marker on the north-eastern corner of the church.

   A view of the chapel at the end of the northern walls is seen below. According to tradition, Jesus and the two thieves were housed here before the crucifixion.

Prison of Jesus

  On the floor, in front of the chapel,  is a mosaic figure of a double headed eagle – symbol of the Byzantine empire and the Greek Orthodox church.

   Before the entrance to the Prison of Jesus is a smaller chapel of the handcuffs of Jesus, seen on the right side.

  Under the altar, behind a glass window, are two holes in the floor. According to tradition, these holes (seen below) are the imprints of the feet of Jesus. Pilgrims leave notes inside the window.

Holes under the altar

Inside the inner room is the chapel of Prison of Jesus.

Prison of Christ

   A closer view of the altar is seen below. Pilgrims, who come to pray here, light up candles which leave black smoke marks on the walls.

Prison of Christ

(m) Greek Orthodox chapel – St. Longinus:

   Along the eastern ambulatory of the Church are three chapels – St Longinus, Division of the Holy Robes and the Derision chapel. The first of these three chapels is the Greek Orthodox chapel of St. Longinus.

 See plan of the church on the right; the location is marked by a red marker on the north-eastern side of the church, near Jesus Prison.

  This chapel memorizes another event of the crucifixion. Longinus, a Roman Centurion who commanded the soldiers that stood watch at Golgotha, was an eyewitness of the final moments of Jesus. This shock his soul and he later confessed  (Matthew 27, 54): “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God”.

St Longinus

(n) Armenian chapel – Division of Holy Robes:

      On the eastern side of the Church is an Armenian chapel of the Division of the Holy Robes.

 See plan of the church on the right; the location is marked by a red marker on the eastern side of the church, near the steps to the underground level.

   This chapel memorizes the event when the soldiers divided Jesus’ clothes as booty. As per the Bible (John 19 23): “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.”.

Chapel of Division of Robes

  A view of the chapel, and its location in the eastern side of the Church, is seen below. The steps down to St. Helen are seen on the right side.

(o) St. Helen Chapel:

      On the east side of the Church are 29 steps that lead down to the Chapel of St. Helena, honoring the mother of Emperor Constantine who discovered the cross and vault in her visit (326AD).  This is a beautiful Armenian chapel. 

 See plan of the church on the right; the location is marked by a red marker on the eastern side of the church, in an underground level.

 

Steps lead down to the Chapel of St. Helen

  Along the walls of this wide staircase is ancient graffiti of crosses, as seen below. Those were scratched by medieval pilgrims.

Steps on the way down to St Helen chapel, with ancient graffiti.

The photo below shows the interior of the chapel with its large mosaic floor.

On the south side is a large painting showing the scene of the discovery of the cross.

St Helen Chapel - discovery of Jesus cross and sepulchre

   A smaller chapel is located on the north side of the main altar, and is dedicated to the “Good” (penitent) thief, St. Dimas (Dysmas). This thief, crucified alongside Jesus, repents of his sins and asks Jesus to remember him in his kingdom (Luke 23 42): “Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”.

St. Dimas - the "Good" thief

(p) Finding of the Cross Chapel :

 

   At the lowest chamber, 13 stairs under the Chapel of St. Helena (and towards east), is a cave called the “Finding of the Cross”.

   See plan of the church on the right; the location is marked by a red marker on the most eastern side of the church, two levels below the main floor.

    This is the place where Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, found the fragments of the cross (on the right side).

Finding of the cross chamber

   On the left side of the chapel (see photo above) is a statue of Helena, holding the cross. Under it is an altar with the inscription seen on the right side. It was donated by the Austral-Hungarian Prince Maximilian, which later became the King of Mexico.  This was erected in 1857 and restored in 1965.

   The remains of the cross were relocated to Rome, and are on display in the “Holy Cross in Jerusalem” church (“Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme”).

Tablet under the status of Helena - St.Helena chamber

 (q) Greek – Derision chapel:

      On the eastern side of the Church is the Greek chapel of the Derision.

 See plan of the church on the right; the location is marked by a red marker on the eastern side of the church, near the steps to the underground level.

  

  Derision,  meaning treating with contempt, memorizes how the mob derided Jesus by mocking and laughing at him.

 

Derision chapel

 Under the altar, within a glass box, is a section of a stone column. According to tradition, Jesus was tied up to the pole.

Chapel of Derision

 (r) Chapel of Adam:

   Under the Calvary, on the first floor near the stone of Unction, is a small Greek Orthodox altar in the “Chapel of Adam”. According to tradition, the  the  burial site of the first man was at the site of the crucifixion.

 The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the chapel marked by a red marker – in a small niche below the Greek Orthodox Calvary.

   The chapel of Adam, the first man, is seen below. Inside the altar, on its eastern side, is the Golgotha rock behind a window. A crack in the rock is, according to tradition, the result of an earthquake caused during the crucifixion. This is according to the Bible (Matthew 27, 51): “Jesus, when he had cried again… and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent”. This crack is also seen on the floor above the chapel.

Chapel of Adam

 (s) Greek Orthodox Calvary:

     On the south side of the church, near the entrance,  is a stairway leading to Golgotha, the traditional site of crucifixion.

 The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the steps marked by a red marker near the entrance to the church. 

  

Stairway to Golgotha

   The steps lead to Golgotha on the second floor.  There are two chapels on this side of the floor – the Crucifixion altar (Greek Orthodox Calvary) and the Nails of the Cross Altar.

   The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the Greek Orthodox Calvary marked by a redmarker on the second floor. 

   The Greek Orthodox Calvary (place of skull – Golgotha), seen below. According to tradition, Jesus is crucified here on the rock of Golgotha and dies on the cross.  It is also marked as station 12 in the way of the grief (Via Dolorosa).

Greek Orthodox Calvary.

   The  Greek Orthodox crucifixion altar places the exact site of the crucifixion. A silver disk with a central hole, underneath the altar, marks the spot on the rock where the cross stood; pilgrims kneel and kiss the spot, as seen below. The silver icons of Virgin Mary and St John are on Jesus side.

   Another view of the altar is seen below. On each side of the altar is a black marble disk that show the position of the crosses of the two thieves that were crucified with Jesus.

  The rich colors,  glittering silver and golden lamps – create a unique atmosphere and cast a special Holy sensation – a common theme in all Greek Orthodox churches.

Greek Orthodox calvary chapel

   Another photo of the altar is seen below with the rock of Golgotha behind the glass. The crack in the rock continues down to the chapel of Adam on the lower floor, and according to tradition the blood of Jesus dripped down the crack to the skull of Adam.

Greek Orthodox calvary chapel

 (t) Latin – Nails of the Cross:

   The Latin (Franciscan) altar on Golgotha is called the  “Nails of the Cross Altar”, and is adjacent to the Greek-Orthodox chapel. Here, according to tradition, Jesus was nailed to the cross.

   The plan of the church is seen on the right, with the location of the Latin altar marked by a red marker on the south-east side of the second floor. 

  

  The altar is marked as station 11 on Via Dolorosa, and is located just behind the wall of the 10th station (Chapel of the Franks).  The mosaics on the ceiling preserved a 12th C mosaic figure of Jesus. The more modern mosaics above the altar illustrate the crucifixion, the holy women at the foot of the cross, and the sacrifice of Isaac. This nave was constructed and designed in 1937  by Antonio Barluzzi, the famous Italian church architect who built many Franciscans churches in the Holy Land.

Station 11 - Nails of the Cross

Biblical references :
  These references describe the site of crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

Matthew 27:33, 35, 59-60

“And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull”…

“And they crucified him”….

“And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed”.

Mark 15:22, 46

“And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.”

“And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.”

Luke 23: 33, 53

In Luke the name is Calvary (from Roman, meaning also place of skull):

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him,…”

“And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchrethat was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid”.

John 19:17, 40-41

“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha”.

“Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid”.

Scenes from the wall Mosaic above the entrance to the Church:

a: Jesus is taken down from the cross

b: Laid down and wrapped in the linen

   c: Laid into a new rock-hewn tomb