Citation"The Miracle of the Sacred Fire, Church of the Holy Sepulchre
(William Holman Hunt) , 1942.198,” Harvard Art Museums collections online, Sep 25, 2023, https://hvrd.art/o/230319.
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A tall, ornate shrine rises up in the center of an elaborate church with circular stone walls. Around the shrine, crowds of hundreds of people including members of religious clergy and people dressed in varying traditional middle eastern garb, gather on all sides. They fill the space, standing shoulder to shoulder, leaning out of balconies in the walls, or hanging onto pillars in order to see. A group emerging from inside the right side of the shrine are carrying lit candles, and holding them out to others to light their candles. Many people look on in astonishment, while others holding weapons attempt to direct the crowd.