Situated in the Via Dolorosa after the Station 5 still in the Old City of Jerusalem, further west to the top of the hill, this Station 6 marks the meeting between Jesus and Veronique: it is the church of St. Veronica whose tomb can also be seen. This place was filmed by the team of 360HolyPlaces™ for you in Virtual Reality 360°.
“Veronica wipes the face of Jesus”
It was during this encounter that Veronica wiped the face of Christ with a veil of silk and on which the fine features of her face would have been graver. This holy relic has been preserved since the eighth century in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The site was bought in 1883 by the Greek-Catholic Melkite church, where a church was built on the presumed site of the House of Veronica the tradition of which is not known until the fifteenth century. The church was restored in 1953 by the Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi. A column-shaped stone to the left of the entrance bears the Latin inscription 6 ST PIA VERONICA FACIEM CHRISTI LINTEO DETERCI, “the sixth station where the pious Veronica wiped the face of Christ with a veil.” This is based on Luke 23, 27: “And he followed a great company of men and women, who wept and wept.” His name, Veronica, may have been based on the Latin words “Vera Icon”, or “true image” – the face of Jesus on the woman’s handkerchief. Near one of the doors of the chapel, there is a small store of the Little Sisters of Jesus, which sell icons. The interior of the chapel of the Holy Face is a small room in the shape of a cave, it is a quiet haven of peace.
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