On Easter, thousands descend on Jerusalem and walk the route Christians believe Jesus took before he was crucified. This year, the streets were empty.
This weekend, people from around the world celebrated the Christian holiday of Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Easter is the most important religious festival of the year for Christians, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem is one of the most important Christian holy sites in the world.
Every year, worshippers flood the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City and walk along the route Christians believe Jesus walked before he was crucified.
But due to the novel coronavirus spread, Israel has put strict social distancing measures in place and has banned mass social gatherings, including religious ceremonies. Because of this, Jerusalem’s streets were empty this year and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was closed to the public.
As of April 12, there have been over 1.8 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world, along with more than 114,000 deaths.
Before-and-after photos show what Jerusalem typically looks like during the Easter holiday versus what it looked like this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.