Here is my contribution to Ailsa’s travel theme: multiples this week. I took this photo in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, and thus it is considered sacred by Christians.

Bethlehem candles

Wooden crosses in Jerusalem

I came across this stack of wooden crosses outside the the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.  People on a pilgrimage carry these wooden crosses through the Old City along all the stations of the cross: the stations is the whole route Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.