Umariya Elementary School

Named after the second caliph Hz. Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه, this madrassa is considered to be the first station of Via Dolorosa

Jerusalem, Palestine

Coordinates: 31.780298, 35.234243

The Umariya Elementary School is a madrassa in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.

The madrassa is named after the second caliph Hz. Umar ibn al-Khattab رضي الله عنه.

It is believed to be the first station of the Via Dolorosa, where Pontius Pilate is said to have tried the duplicate of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام.

The school is a functional educational institute. It is located on the north-western corner of al-Haram al-Sharif.


In 1996, under the orders of the then prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, an exit from the Western Wall Tunnel was opened into the Via Dolorosa underneath the school (specifically, under the school’s entrance stairs).

This was interpreted by some in the Arabic population as a land-grab, and over the subsequent week, 80 people were killed as a result of riots against the creation of the exit.

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Some of the information in this article comes from Christians sources.

Before reading the following article it is highly recommended to read "Views of Islamic Scholars on ascension of Hz. Isa عليه اسلام