Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

 

 A must see with the views of the city that are breathtaking. You can see the shining Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque, the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Enjoy a great panoramic view of the Old City in the full sunlight.

 Gat Shmanim (oil press) « Gethsemane »

Mount of Olives foothills or Mount of Olivet: the name of Gethsemane derives from the original old name of this site - Gat Shmanim which means oil press. Visit the Gethsemane garden. Here Christ prayed for the cup and here he was captured. The Kidron Valley, which stretches between the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount, is where Jesus last walk took place.  There are also several churches on the Mount of Olives, including the Church of Pater Noster. A visit to the Gethsemane garden is followed by the inside visit to the Church of All Nations which stands over the ruins of ancient buildings. It was built in 1925 by a famous architect Antonio Barluzzi. Inside, the hall is flooded with blue semi-darkness symbolizing the night of Christ's capture. In the altar, there is a stone on which Christ prayed for the cup- Agony in the Garden. Just across the road there is a descent to the Orthodox Underground Church -Tomb of the Virgin Mary. The ancient steps lead down to the burial place of the Virgin Mary. Its Hall and the staircase are richly decorated with the shimmering gilt lamps presented to the temple. The Altar has a miraculous icon of The Jerusalem Mother of God. Nearby, there is a grotto where the disciples of Jesus Christ fell asleep..

 

 

 

 

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