First, Mount Zion is a large hill south of the Old City’s Armenian Quarter and a metaphoric symbol for Jerusalem and the Promised Land. Situated a short walk from Zion Gate, the hill is the highest point in ancient Jerusalem and has had religious significance for centuries. Believed to be the site of King David’s tomb, Mount Zion is associated with the final days of Christ and is revered by Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.
A Mountain with a Rich History
Second, Mount Zion has a rich and exalted history and is a fascinating place to explore. The hill rests just outside the Old City’s walls; which were built by Suleiman the Magnificent over 500 years ago. Legend has it that the architects in charge of designing the city left the revered site of David’s Tomb outside of the city walls by mistake and when the sultan found out; he had the architects executed. Two graves near the Jaffa Gate that are said to be the resting place of the two unlucky architects.
Moreover, the glorified hill features several significant historical and religious landmarks; including David’s Tomb, where King David is said to be buried; and the Upper Room; which is believed to be where Jesus had his Last Supper. Built in the 12th century with a magnificent Gothic vault ceiling; the Upper Room; also known as the Cenacle, was once a mosque dedicated to King David (Nebi Daoud). Moreover, the room has a small prayer enclave (mihrab) and beautiful stained-glass windows that feature passages from the Koran.
Important Churches Worth Visiting on Mount Zion
Accordingly, there are other iconic landmarks on Mount Zion. For example, Dormition Abbey and the beautiful Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Also built on the site of the Byzantine-era Hagia Zion Church the Dormition Abbey is thought to be the place where Mary passed away. And the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu is set on the holy place where Jesus was arrested by the Romans; and brought before the High Priest Caiaphas before being imprisoned.
Moreover, there are other interesting sites to visit on Mount Zion; First, a museum dedicated to Israeli sculptor David Palombo; a small memorial dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust; and a Catholic cemetery where Holocaust hero; Oscar Schindler, is buried.