Coenaculum – Jerusalem

The Coenaculum, or Cenacle, comes from the Latin word cena, meaning “dinner,” and is traditionally the site of Christ’s Last Supper, among other things.  The Cenacle is located near David’s Tomb and the Basilica of the Dormition, on Mt. Zion. The status of the Cenacle is a little confusing. It’s a small chamber that used to be a synagogue, a church, and then a mosque (remnants of the mosque can be seen in 1, 2 and a mihrab in 4). Christians were denied access to this site until Israel became a state in 1948.

To get to the Cenacle we followed a Ghanian tour group up a flight of stairs. The group stopped in a white room with a security guard who was watching a movie on his laptop and eating lunch, and gawked around until everyone realized this couldn’t be the site of the Last Supper (it was empty except for a fresh coat of paint). We continued into the next room and took a quick look around as everyone entered the actual Cenacle. The gothic architecture seemed oddly out of place (the outside of the building was ruined and unimpressive). An open space in front of the mihrab (pointing to Mecca) indicated where the meal probably took place. The tour group wanted to picnic there but thought better of it and soon left, and we all continued on to…


~ by jonathanmtsai on January 30, 2011.

One Response to “Coenaculum – Jerusalem”

  1. […] Pilgrimage to the Cenacle starts at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Saviour’s and ends at the Cenacle (room of the Last Supper), on Mt. Zion. The walk winds its way through the Christan and Armenian […]

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