By Christian belief, especially among the eastern churches, the monastery of the Cross is built over the spot from the tree, used for the cruficixion of Jesus, came from.
The earliest remains in the monastery are a mosaic floor from the 5th century CE. Most of the monastery building is from the 12th century, and housed then hundreds of Georgian monks.
In Ottoman times the monastery was sold to the Greek-Orthodox church, which owns it to this day. Archaeologist Dr. Vaselius Tsaferis was the monk in charge of the monastery between 1958 to 1964.
I was fortunate to join a tour he led at the monastery to a IAS conference in 2014.
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Points of Interest in the Area
|Supreme Court Building|