Tourist Tip #131 Closing Time at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Who has the last word on one of Christianity's holiest sites? Not Christians.

Saladin defeated the Crusaders in Jerusalem in October 1187, and the new boss quickly moved to assert his and his religion's sovereignty. The cunning Kurdish general sealed nine of the ten entry gates to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, perhaps the holiest site in Christendom. And to ensure that the Christian denominations that share control of the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial got the point,...