Located outside the walls of Jerusalem, is the Palace of Caiaphas*. A few yards away from the Zion Gate, this place is also known as the Church of Peter in Gallicantu. The church is a mixture of the ancient and the contemporary. Byzantine mosaics were discovered and throughout history, was carried over by the Crusaders and French assumptionists.
The Church of Peter in Gallicantu (Latin meaning “the cock’s crow”) stands by the ruins of the high priest’s palace. Personally, this is one of the places that highlighted my trip. Believed to be the site of the “sacred pit”, where Jesus was held in custody, our group waited in line to go to the actual prison cell.
The prison cells and the guardroom were shaped out of bedrock. Holes and fixtures for chains are used to fasten the prisoner’s hands and feet during torture. The “dungeon” we have been into, believed to be Christ’s sacred pit, was a heart-wrenching sight: It has given me a visual of where Christ might’ve stayed the night before His crucifixion.
I witnessed and felt something spiritual, beyond my imagination, the moment I was in that place. No words to explain; simply put, the experience was overwhelming that tears flowed down my face. I know that Jesus is REAL. But to be there to actually see it and feel it?
It’s like a hundred times more real.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
(*Note: Caiaphas was a major antagonist of Jesus. He was a high priest under Herod said to organize a plot to kill Jesus.)