Augusta Victoria Compound

Destinations in Jerusalem

On a visit to Palestine in 1898, the German Emperor Wilhelm II and his wife, Empress Auguste Victoria, agreed to build a hospice on the Mount of Olives to treat those suffering from malaria and those who came as pilgrims.

Augusta Victoria Compound

The Augusta Victoria Compound was named for the wife of German Emperor Wilhelm II, built between 1907 and 1916. The Church of the Ascension and the guest house were dedicated in 1910. Moreover, the church was used as the General Headquarters of the German – Turkish General Staff at the beginning of World War I.

During the British Mandate from 1917 to 1927, the High Commissioner and his officers used the building complex. Then ten years later, the Sisters of Kaiserswerth, originally called to be caretakers of the guest house, began to transform the guest house into a hospital. At the beginning of World War II, the British used the building as a military hospital.

Augusta Victoria Compound - Tower

In 1948, the responsibility for the Foundation complex was transferred to the Lutheran World Federation. A year later, the International Red Cross opened a hospital for Palestinian refugees after the Arab-Jewish war. The Lutheran World Federation joined forces with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to operate the hospital.

In 1996, the hospital became a clinic for cancer, ear, nose, and throat diseases.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension (Augusta Victoria) 

Set within the Augusta Victoria complex in Jerusalem, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension is an Evangelical Center for pilgrims and tourists in the city. Built-in a Wilhelminian-Byzantine style, the church stands on one of the highest points in Jerusalem with a 200-step tower boasting breathtaking views. The western façade of the church is protected from heavy rain and strong winds by a massive wall.

The Augusta Victoria Hospital is based in the old main building of the complex next to the church. The pilgrim, meeting center; and Café Auguste are opposite the church. The German Protestant Institute for Archaeology (DEIAHL) lies east of the area and overlooks the Jordan valley.

Augusta Victoria Compound - Olives

Visiting the Church of the Ascension

Above all, the Church of the Ascension is a distinctive Jerusalem landmark. Moreover, the church features exquisite ceiling paintings and mosaics in the apse of the choir and the gallery designed by artists H. Schaper and F. Pfannschmidt. The mosaic in the lower level of the choir represents the coat of arms of the imperial family.

Mount of Olives View Point 
Touring Holy Jerusalem - Mount of Olives Viewpoint

In addition, the masonry combines with the floor, whose Byzantine designs are also found in other parts of the city, to produce a harmonious impression highlighted by the light centering in warm colors through the windows’ gold glass and coat of arms.

German Protestant Archaeological Institute

The former gardener’s house, east of the church, houses the German Protestant Archaeological Institute, with an extensive library and a museum, which has been dedicated to research since the turn of the 19th century.

Café Auguste Victoria

Last, opposite the church, Café Auguste Victoria serves coffee, cakes, and light meals. The profits go to social projects in the Holy Land. The Evangelical Center for Pilgrims and Tourists on the Mount of Olives offers different activities in cooperation with the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City. For example, lectures, seminars, and concerts; assistance in organizing lectures and seminars with local speakers; facilities to worship for visiting groups (except on Sundays); religious services in En Bokek on the Dead Sea (in German only); and films and discussions.


Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history.

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Shiloh Excavations In The City Of David


Dizengoff Square

Dizengoff Square is in the heart of Tel Aviv on the famous Dizengoff Street, one of the city's main commercial and cultural arteries.

Korazim National Park

Close to the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, just four kilometers from Capernaum; lies the Korazim National Park. Korazim (sometimes spelled “Chorazin”) was ...

House of Simon the Tanner

Where’s the House of Simon the Tanner in Jaffa? So before getting into that let’s talk about him just for a bit! so Simon the ...

Aelia Capitolina

Aelia Capitolina was established in Jerusalem by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century CE after he had crushed the Bar Kokhba revolt.

El-Jazzar Mosque

The el-Jazzar Mosque, also known as the White Mosque, is located on el-Jazzar Street inside the walls of the old city of Acre.

Nabi Musa

Nabi Musa meaning "The Prophet Moses" is the name of a site in the West Bank believed to be the tomb of Moses (according to ...

Arbel National Park

Located in Galilee, is the stunning Arbel National Park. Where you can find amazing hiking trails, rich history, and an ancient synagogue!

Gamla Nature Reserve

Gamla Nature Reserve in days past was a Jewish city in the Golan Heights. Gamla was destroyed by the Romans in the Great Revolt.

Tel Azekah

Tel Azekah, also known as Tell Zakariya, was a town in the Judaean Hills, guarding the upper reaches of the Valley of Elah, not so ...

The Ben-Gurion House

Ben-Gurion House was once the home of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. Today, the modest house in Tel Aviv is a museum.

Need help?