St. Peter in Gallicantu

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Saint Peter in Gallicantu is a Roman Catholic church on the eastern slope of Mount Zion. It is the traditional location of the palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest who convicted Jesus. Accordingly, it is also noted as the site of the apostle Peter's triple denial of Jesus, marked by a rooster crow (Matthew 26:74). The church that was present when we visited was built in 1931 on the site of a Crusader-era church from 1102 and a Byzantine shrine built in 457.

The lower levels of the church incorporate caves from the Byzantine days and a group of earlier crypts that may have been where Jesus was held during his arrest. The area north of the church features ruins of the Byzantine chapel and a staircase down to the Kidron Valley is traditionally cited as the path followed by Jesus down to Gethsemane (Matthew 26, Mark 14).

St. Peter in Gallicantu - St. Peter in Gallicantu
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St. Peter in Gallicantu
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Walking down to the monastery
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Walking down to the monastery
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Walking down to the monastery
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Walking down to the monastery
St. Peter in Gallicantu - St. Peter in Gallicantu
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St. Peter in Gallicantu
St. Peter in Gallicantu - East Jerusalem
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East Jerusalem
St. Peter in Gallicantu - South wall of old city
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South wall of old city
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Guard station
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Guard station
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Rooster
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Rooster
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Solar water heaters
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Solar water heaters
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Security wall
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Security wall
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Old Jerusalem map
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Old Jerusalem map
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Pathway
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Pathway
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Trial before Caiphus mosaic
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Trial before Caiphus mosaic
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Sanctuary entrance
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Sanctuary entrance
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Sanctuary
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Sanctuary
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Stained glass window
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Stained glass window
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine mosaic
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Byzantine mosaic
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine mosaic
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Byzantine mosaic
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine mosaic
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Byzantine mosaic
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Stair to chapel
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Stair to chapel
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Looking at Byzantine crosses
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Looking at Byzantine crosses
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine crosses
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Byzantine crosses
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine crosses
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Byzantine crosses
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Readings
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Readings
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Chapel
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Chapel
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Denial
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Denial
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Stair to caves
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Stair to caves
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Cave layout
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Cave layout
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Caves
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Caves
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Caves
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Caves
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Caves
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Caves
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Caves
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Caves
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Sacred pit
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Sacred pit
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Sacred pit
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Sacred pit
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Underground caves sign
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Underground caves sign
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Stair to pit
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Stair to pit
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Sacred pit
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Sacred pit
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Pope Pius XI - 1924
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Pope Pius XI - 1924
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine church ruins
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Byzantine church ruins
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine church ruins
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Byzantine church ruins
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine church ruins
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Byzantine church ruins
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine church ruins
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Byzantine church ruins
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine church ruins
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Byzantine church ruins
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine church ruins
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Byzantine church ruins
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine church ruins
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Byzantine church ruins
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine church ruins
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Byzantine church ruins
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Mosaic inscription
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Mosaic inscription
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Byzantine mosaic
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Byzantine mosaic
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Denial statue
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Denial statue
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Looking north at the old city
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Looking north at the old city
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Ancient staircase to Kidron valley
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Ancient staircase to Kidron valley
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Ancient staircase to Kidron valley
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Ancient staircase to Kidron valley
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Ancient staircase to Kidron valley
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Ancient staircase to Kidron valley
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Ancient staircase to Kidron valley
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Ancient staircase to Kidron valley
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Bas relief of Jesus descending staircase
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Bas relief of Jesus descending staircase
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Modern staircase back to the upper level
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Modern staircase back to the upper level
St. Peter in Gallicantu - Kidron valley
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Kidron valley

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