Notre Dame de Sion Ecce Homo Convent, Jerusalem

Notre Dame de Sion Ecce Homo Convent, Jerusalem (must see)

Notre Dame de Sion Ecce Homo Convent is the first station of the cross located on the Via Dolorosa. It takes its name from the statement Pilate made as he presented Jesus to the mob and said “Behold, the man.” This is the place where Jesus, as well as other prisoners, were tortured before the crucifixion. There are several caves and tunnels to see, and they still stand witness to the games the Roman soldiers played with their prisoners while they were being tortured.

The Convent also houses a hostel that has one of the best views of Old Jerusalem available. The terrace has incredible views and should absolutely not be missed, and the guest rooms also have good views. If a fancy hotel with turndown service is a necessity, this will not be the place to book. However, if a clean hotel with good food and comfortable accommodations work, be sure to stay here.

There are two different levels of accommodations available. The first is the dormitories (these are not co-ed). The beds have partitions around them and a curtain as a door. Bathroom facilities are shared, yet when one thinks of a dorm, it is usually a row of beds with no privacy available. These are definitely a step up.

The second level of accommodations is rooms that have private bathrooms and a desk. Single through quadruple rooms are available to match most family or group sizes. Breakfast is included and it consists of breads and spreads, juice, coffee, fruits and vegetables. Supper can also be ordered if desired. Guests are welcome to join in the convent chapel for mass, and prayer time. It is a special place to stay and pray in Jerusalem.

Tip:
While here do not miss the cistern or Struthion Pool that was built in 135 CE. This provided water for the Temple Mount.
Also, the Ecce Homo Arch is there and it spans the Via Dolorosa and then continues into the basilica.

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Sight Name: Notre Dame de Sion Ecce Homo Convent
Sight Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Old City Orientation Walk   Following Steps of Jesus Walking Tour in Jerusalem  

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