The Mount of Olives

Trip Start Nov 10, 2011
Trip End Dec 03, 2011

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Mount of Olives rises to the east of Old Jerusalem.  Its slopes have been used as a place of burial since the 3rd Millennium BCE.  The views from the Mount of Olives are spectacular, with the Dome of the Rock predominant in the skyline.  Although it has always been a holy place to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Mount of  Olives is now best known as the scene of Christ's Agony and betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane and his Ascension into Heaven.  We spent only part of a morning on the Mount of Olives but there were enough other sites we did not see that I think we could have spent most of the day here.  I have added links to some of the pictures for more information or for better pictures. 

The Dome of the Rock dominates the skyline.  Behind it, and to the left, is the gray dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  The Dome of the Rock is believed to be exact spot where once stood the Holy of Holies, the place where God dwelt during the Second Temple Period.

 Built in 1955 to commemorate the Lord's weeping over Jerusalem, Dominus Flevit features a beautiful view of the city through its distinct chapel window.  Excavations during construction of the church uncovered a number of ossuaries (bone boxes) from the time of Jesus with numerous inscriptions.


City of David
Church of All Nations
Dominus Flevit Chapel
Dormition Abbey
Garden of Gethsemane
Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene
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