The Garden of Olives - Gethsemane

The Garden of Olives - Gethsemane

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Gethsemane is where according to the Christian tradition and as described in the New Testament, Jesus prayed his last prayer the night before his crucifixion and was tormented before being handed over to the Romans by Judas Iscariot.

A visit to a pastoral garden with historical importance

The garden is located on Mount Olives’ slopes and overlooks the Kidron Stream and the Temple Mount. This site is sacred to Christianity, where hundreds of thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world come every year to trace the footsteps of Jesus and visit the significant stations in his life. The visit to the Garden of Gethsemane evokes pastoral green sights, with a visit to the Church of All Nations. 

The name Gethsemane originates from the belief that in the Second Temple period, there was a winery for the production of wine and mainly an olive oil press for production. Even today, the garden and its surroundings are full of olive trees. In Gethsemane lies the Church of All Nations, designed by the Italian architect Antonio Berlozzi, who built many churches in Jerusalem and Israel in the first half of the 20th century. 

Nearby is the tomb of Miriam, which one of the Christian traditions identifies as the burial cave of Miriam, the mother of Jesus. The Cave of Betrayal, also known as the Cave of the Apostles, or the Cave of Grief, is owned by the Franciscan Order and is right next to the entrance. Following the development of tourism in the area, an archeological excavation began in which remains of a purification mikveh from the Second Temple era and several churches from the Byzantine and Crusader periods were found.

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  • Anton Stoltz
    Anton Stoltz
    September 9, 2023

    Again this is one place that you CANNOT miss on your trip to Israel. It's where JESUS sweated blood- because HE knew the immense suffering (the Cup of Suffering) HE was about to endure. JESUS CHRIST was praying to HIS FAT...

  • Lavell Drayton
    Lavell Drayton
    June 14, 2023

    Interesting to see the place that was written about in the New Testament. Seeing the Olive trees and the garden gives you perspective and allows you take thoughts back to the time when Jesus walked in Jerusalem. The gar...

  • Jeffrey Raymond
    Jeffrey Raymond
    September 17, 2023

    Free entrance, Make it very early before the tourist groups descend and If you visit this garden. You could also visit “Domnius Flevit” church. Where christ wept over Jerusalem.

  • Linda Kay Rakestraw
    Linda Kay Rakestraw
    May 11, 2023

    I am on a 14 Day Journey of the Believer tour and it has been absolutely WONDERFUL. Visiting the sites where Jesus walked and taught. Trip of a lifetime🙏🙏🙏

  • Chris Ward
    Chris Ward
    July 6, 2023

    This private garden area, with its view of Jerusalem, provides a poignant perspective on its biblical importance. The Barluzzi architecture of the church is somber with a touch of hope. Amazing when you compare/contrast w...

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