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Hidden Planet: Church of the Resurrection

Hidden Planet Week


NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel travels to Jerusalem to visit the most consecrated and contested religious landmark, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  Engel also takes cameras inside the Tomb of Christ's Burial.

Built by the mother of Emperor Constantine in 330 A.D., the Church of the Holy Sepulchre commemorates both the Hill of Crucifixion and the Tomb of Christ’s Burial. The church has historically been controlled by different denominations within the Christian faith including Catholics, Armenians, Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic and Ethiopian, each claiming ownership to part.

Muslim families have held on tightly to the key that opens the main door since 1187 and have traditionally sat in the entrance itself. While the doors are now open, the families still manage the church and mediate between the different denominations that lay claim to this holiest of sites.

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