Walking through trail of Jesus on Mount Olives

As usual our day began with breakfast at the hotel and with a bight smile  we all were set for our visit to Jerusalem.  We visited The Mount of Olives which is a  mountain ridge east of Jerusalem’s old city. We were  briefed that the mount was named for the olives groves that once covered it.

We got off the coach and walked across the street to The Chapel of the Ascension. Mr Hani informed us that it was holy site where Jesus ascended into heaven. As we stepped inside we saw a small shrine surrounded by a courtyard with a paved path.

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Entrance to  The Chapel of the Ascension
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The Chapel of the Ascension
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Imprinted  footprints of Jesus

We later proceeded to the Church of Pater Noster, where Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples. One can read the Lord’s Prayer in different languages on walls around the church and its vaulted cloister.

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The Church of Pater Noster
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One of the many  Plaques  with the Lords prayer written in Konkani,  state language of Goa India.

We later walked to the Cave nestled in the same complex, it has a ancient rock and is said to be the one that Jesus sat on and thought the Lords Prayer.

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The Rock

On moving out of the church we were told that we were walking on Palm Sunday Road that Jesus followed when he entered into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It begins at the Mount of Olives and leads past several holy sites, including the Garden of Gethsemane.

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The Palm Sunday Road

We walked  through the street till the Church of Dominus Flevit which gave The panoramic view of Jerusalem.

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Panoramic view of Jerusalem

As we were seated on the benches, Hani gave us a brief history. He pointed out at the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock in the middle, the domes of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the graves in the Jewish, Catholic and Muslim cemetery. he said that it is believed when when the Messiah comes,  the dead will revive at the end of the day.

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The Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock which has the Foundation Stone where Abraham attempted to sacrifice his son.

 

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This sealed gate in the Old City’s walls is called the Golden or Mercy Gate.  It is said  that it will open at the end of days to allow the Messiah to enter the Temple Mount.

We headed back on the Palm Sunday road which now had a descending steep slop till  the lower western foothills, to the Basilica of Agony which is also known as “The Church of  all Nation”.

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Basilica of Agony also known as Church of all Nations
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The entrance to the complex, titles “Hortvs Gethsamany”, The Garden of Gethsamany. The word originated from the Hebrew expression Gat Shemen which means “olive press”, in obvious reference to the natural abundance of these trees.
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The olive tress that dates from the time of Jesus.

Since explanation was prohibited inside the church we stood at a corner as Hani explained us. He stated that the name “Church of All Nations” commemorates the contributions made by different Nations. The flags of the nations are represented inside the little domes. The Nations that contributed are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Germany and United States of America. The wrought Iron work surrounding the “Rock of Agony by Australia”.The modern church stands on the foundations of two ancient churches, a Byzantine Basilica was constructed during the time of Theodosius (A.D. 380) and The Crusader Basilica was erected in the 12th Century.  The modern day Basilica , designed by the famous Italian Architect, Antonio Barluzzi. The Church enshrines a section of stone in the Garden of Gethsemane that is believed to be where Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest. Natural light filtered by alabaster windows creates a climate of prayer.

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The Rock of Agony
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Interior details of the ceiling of the Church.

We exited the Church passing through the Olive trees to see the coach waiting for us and thus we ended our beautiful trail.

28 comments

    • Thanks Christine for stopping by.. Well honestly before getting there I was very much concerned about terrorist attacks. But upon reaching, I was so mesmerised with the place. That I forgot all my thoughts and took each thing in so much positivity. And post the visit The place has changed my perception of life and I look at life in much positive manner. And the is absolutely safe to visit.

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