Gethsemane (Mount of Olives) – Jerusalem

Gethsemane is a garden located at the base of the Mount of Olives and is known for where Christ and his disciples prayed the night prior to his crucifixion. It is also the location where Christ was betrayed by Judas and arrested by the Romans.

Gethsemane was my favorite location in Jerusalem simply because it wasn’t as crowded as the other sites, but still retained its solemn atmosphere.  A similar contrast is seen in the garden. At first glance the garden is seemingly perfect, filled with bright flowers and trees. A closer look reveals gnarled olive trees, believed to be over 900 years old (first five photos). The Basilica of the Agony (or the Church of All Nations), overlooks the garden and enshrines the supposed location where Christ prayed (photos 7-14). The church was created with the donations of many countries and their coat of arms decorate the interior (13th photo shows the United States coat of arms). When we were inside the church a Japanese pastor was giving a sermon (11th photo). A grotto church (last three photos) marks the location where Judas betrayed Christ. Old paintings can be seen decorating the ceiling of the church (16th photo).

Update: (17) is the Rock of Agony, where Christ wept blood. (18) is another view of the Church of All Nations.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on October 15, 2010.

One Response to “Gethsemane (Mount of Olives) – Jerusalem”

  1. […] by Judas, and subsequently arrested by the Romans. The Basilica of Agony (1), also known as the Church of All Nations, houses the bedrock where Christ traditionally prayed before his arrest […]

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