In our Mount of Olives Tour, we will get to know the area quite well. We will begin with a nice introduction to Jerusalem from the top of Mount Olives. Then we will work our down from the Chapel of the Ascension all the way to Gethsemane. Last would explore the Mt. Olives ancient cemetery with tombs dated to the First Temple Period.
Our tour of Mt. Olives will being with a short introduction to Jerusalem.
Bethphage is mentioned in the New Testament as the place in ancient Israel from which Jesus sent his disciples to find a colt upon which he would ride into Jerusalem.
The Church of Bethphage
The Church of the Ascension is located on a site that traditionally believed to be the earthly spot where Jesus ascended into Heaven after His Resurrection. It houses a slab of stone believed to contain one of His footprints.
Church of the Ascension
The Tomb of Lazarus is a traditional spot of pilgrimage located in where was the biblical village of Bethany, on the slopes of the Mount of Olives,
Church of Saint Lazarus
Church of Pater the Noster is located on top of a cave associated with the teachings of Jesus, but not specifically the Lord's Prayer.
Church of the Pater Noster
According to Luke 19, Jesus, while riding toward the city of Jerusalem, becomes overwhelmed by the beauty of the Second Temple and predicting its future destruction, and the diaspora of the Jewish people, weeps openly. The Dominus Flevit Church is built on where tradition points to where this event took place.
Dominus Flevit Church
The church is dedicated to Mary Magdalene, the companion of Jesus. In Mark, it's told that Mary Magdalene was the first to see Christ after his resurrection (Mark 16:9).
Church of Mary Magdalene
we shall grab our lunch at Mahane Yehuda Food Market which is a real experience wandering there by itself. But there we can find fabulous local restaurants.
Finding the Ultimate Hummus
The Garden of Gethsemane is where according to the Gospels Jesus agonized and arrested by the Romans. We will talk about that more elaborately during the tour.
The Garden of Gethsemane
According to the Gospels, the Church of the Agony, also known as the Church of All Nations, lies just next to Gethsemane and is where, according to the Gospels, Jesus agonized till he sweats blood.
Church of the Agony
Although this is a post canonical tradition that not all denominations share we will visit this ancient church that was initially built to hold the tomb of Queen Melisende of Jerusalem.
Tomb of the Virgin Mary
Mount of Olives Cemetery located down deep at the Kidron Valley, is one of the most ancient cemeteries in the world. Tombs are dated there from the Canaanite period, In other words about 4,000 years ago.
Mount of Olives Cemetery