Pilgrims mark Easter heading to Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Hundreds of pilgrims marked Easter Sunday by visiting Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre and prostrating themselves on stone where they believe Jesus was anointed before his burial. 

The travellers filed into the site, where it's believed Jesus was resurrected, to celebrate the religious holiday. 

Some worshippers even prostrated over a stone - where they believe Jesus' body was anointed before his burial - near the towering wooden doors at the entrance to the church.

Meanwhile in Vatican City, tens of thousands of faithful worshippers underwent heavy security checks as they gathered in St Peter's Square in observance of Easter Sunday Mass.

Hundreds of pilgrims marked Easter Sunday by visiting Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre and women prostrated themselves on stone and kissed the rock where they believe Jesus was anointed before his burial

Hundreds of pilgrims marked Easter Sunday by visiting Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre and women prostrated themselves on stone and kissed the rock where they believe Jesus was anointed before his burial

A woman from Eritrea and her baby pray at the Stone of Anointing, where Jesus' body is said to have been anointed before burial during rituals to celebrate Easter Sunday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City

A woman from Eritrea and her baby pray at the Stone of Anointing, where Jesus' body is said to have been anointed before burial during rituals to celebrate Easter Sunday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City

Western Christians marked Easter on Sunday, while eastern Orthodox Christians do so on April 8, and celebrated Palm Sunday on April 1, with worshippers holding palm fronds as is tradition

Western Christians marked Easter on Sunday, while eastern Orthodox Christians do so on April 8, and celebrated Palm Sunday on April 1, with worshippers holding palm fronds as is tradition

The church is built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Pictured: Coptic Priests take part in rituals outside the Tomb of Christ

The church is built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Pictured: Coptic Priests take part in rituals outside the Tomb of Christ

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate Pierbattista Pizaballa leads the Easter Sunday procession on Sunday 

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate Pierbattista Pizaballa leads the Easter Sunday procession on Sunday 

Western Christians marked Easter on Sunday, while eastern Orthodox Christians do so on April 8.

The eastern Orthodox marked Palm Sunday on April 1 and followers held mass at the church in Jerusalem's Old City, with worshippers holding palm fronds as is tradition.

The church is built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

A recently renovated ornate shrine within the church surrounds the cave where Jesus is believed to have been buried.

Easter marks the day when Christians believe the miracle of Jesus' resurrection occurred. 

Coptic priests take part in rituals outside the Tomb of Christ to celebrate Easter Sunday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Coptic priests take part in rituals outside the Tomb of Christ to celebrate Easter Sunday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Catholic Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa held mass at the church on Sunday morning near the shrine over the cave, entering dressed in the traditional purple Easter robe

Catholic Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa held mass at the church on Sunday morning near the shrine over the cave, entering dressed in the traditional purple Easter robe

Easter marks the day when Christians believe the miracle of Jesus' resurrection occurred

Easter marks the day when Christians believe the miracle of Jesus' resurrection occurred

Catholic Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa made reference to the Middle East's numerous conflicts in his homily, saying 'our times are marked by death'

Catholic Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa made reference to the Middle East's numerous conflicts in his homily, saying 'our times are marked by death'

The iconic church, revered by Christians as the site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, closed for three days in February to protest the Israeli tax plan

The iconic church, revered by Christians as the site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, closed for three days in February to protest the Israeli tax plan

The church shut its doors for three days in February because officials were angry about the Jerusalem municipality plans to tax their various assets around the city and a potential parliament bill to expropriate land sold by the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches

The church shut its doors for three days in February because officials were angry about the Jerusalem municipality plans to tax their various assets around the city and a potential parliament bill to expropriate land sold by the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches

Meanwhile in Vatican City, tens of thousands of faithful underwent heavy security checks as they gathered in St Peter's Square in observance of Easter Sunday Mass.

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