Russian Excavations in the Old City. Holy Land tours often stop at some of the most interesting sites such as the Judgment Gate, the Russian Excavations in the Old City. Located near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher lies the Russian Orthodox Church, which holds some of the most amazing archaeological remains in the Old City. The Judgment Gate was unearthed by Archaeologists in the 19th century along with parts of a shrine built by Emperor Hadrian on the site where Queen Helene (mother of Constantine) identified the tomb of Jesus and Calvary at the beginning of the 2nd century. Thankfully, the threshold of the gate along with grooves for locks in the middle have been preserved. A chapel above, dedicated to Emperor Alexander III, sits above the Judgment Gate. This chapel has unusual stained glass windows that draw many visitors on Holy Land tours.
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