A 19th century German missionary built a model of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, color coded to indicate which areas belonged to which community.

A 19th century German missionary built a model of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, color coded to indicate which areas belonged to which community.

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The main section of the Holy Sepulcher Church.

The main section of the Holy Sepulcher Church.

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A Roman Catholic processional in a basement chapel.

A Roman Catholic processional in a basement chapel.

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Father Samuel Aghoyan, Armenian superior of the Holy Sepulcher. He says Syrian Orthodox clergy ripped out an Armenian inscription on a painting in this chapel years ago to erase Armenian claims to the place.

Father Samuel Aghoyan, Armenian superior of the Holy Sepulcher. He says Syrian Orthodox clergy ripped out an Armenian inscription on a painting in this chapel years ago to erase Armenian claims to the place.

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The 160-year-old Status Quo arrangement that governs the power-sharing of the Holy Sepulcher Church.

The 160-year-old Status Quo arrangement that governs the power-sharing of the Holy Sepulcher Church.

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A pilgrim lights candles at the Holy Sepulcher Church.

A pilgrim lights candles at the Holy Sepulcher Church.

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The Aedicule, which contains the tomb of Jesus, sits in the middle of the church.

The Aedicule, which contains the tomb of Jesus, sits in the middle of the church.

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The Roman Catholic section of the Holy Sepulcher Church.

The Roman Catholic section of the Holy Sepulcher Church.

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Some denominations in the Holy Sepulcher Church use ladders like countries use flags - to assert their sovereignty inside the church.

Some denominations in the Holy Sepulcher Church use ladders like countries use flags - to assert their sovereignty inside the church.

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Locked doors are everywhere in the Holy Sepulcher Church, leading to sections belonging to different communities.

Locked doors are everywhere in the Holy Sepulcher Church, leading to sections belonging to different communities.

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