A brief explanation of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
The church of the holy sepulcher was built during 325-336 A.D. It sits in modern day Jerusalem, Israel. Supposedly it is the site where Jesus Christ’s body is buried
The architect Zenobius builtthis basilica to honor theChristian deity Jesus Christand his supposed burial spot.This in itself goes against theChristian belief that Jesusdied and ascended intoheaven. Roman and Greekmythology also challengesthese Christian claims.
Before the construction of the Churchof the Holy Sepulcher, the Greeks hadactually constructed the Temple toAphrodite on the same site.Aphrodite being the Greek goddess oflove, beauty and procreation.Emperor Constantine ordered thatthe original temple to Aphrodite bedemolished and covered in soil inabout 325 A.D. This left behind notrace of the original temple.
There is also discussion that the temple could have also been that of the Romangoddess, Venus. She is Aphrodite’s Romanequivalent of love, beauty, sex and fertility.
Constantines church was built astwo connected churches over the twodifferent holy sites, including agreat Bascilia, anenclosed colonnaded atrium withthe traditional site of Golgotha inone corner, and a rotunda, calledthe Anastasis (Resurrection) whichcontained the remains of arockface that Helena and Macariusidentified as the burial site of Jesus.The rock face at the west end of thebuilding was cut away, although it isunclear how much remained inConstantines time, as archaeologicalinvestigation has revealed that thetemple of Aphrodite reached far intothe current rotunda area.
The center of the Church held the tomb of Christ. This was surrounded by a cone-shaped dome supported by twelve columns. Today we see many western churches and mausoleums with this same theme of architecture. The Church was qualified in all three categories we have been discussing; commodity, firmness and delight.