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Mount of Olives is located East of Old City of Jerusalem. By Jewish tradition Mount of Olives is the place where the Heavenly presence (the Shekhina) is residing since the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. When the Temple will be rebuilt, according to that tradition, the Shechina will return to dwell in it. By Christian tradition Mount of Olives is where Jesus will appear upon his return, before his re-entry into Jerusalem, introducing the “Kingdom of Heaven”.

Visiting Mount of Olives

The top Mount of Olives is an Arab neighborhood called A-Tur. Its southern end is known for its big Jewish cemetery, spread on its slopes. Being higher then the old city, Mount of Olives Viewpoint  provides great panoramas of Jerusalem. It is a popular photo opportunity, as well as a good place to ride a camel or a donkey.

garden-of-gethsemaneThe mountain also holds a few significant holy sites to the Christian world. At is top are Chapel of the Ascension , and the church of Pater Noster, said to be the place where Jesus introduced to his disciples The Lord’s prayer”.

On its western slope the church of Dominus Flevit, marks, by local tradition, “where the Lord wept” (Luke 19:41). At the foot of the Mount of Olives is the Garden of Gethsemane,  the Grotto of Gethsemane and Mary’s Tomb. Near them, in the Kidron valley, are a few large-scale tombs carved carves in the rock, which are 2,000 year old.

A tour of Mount of Olives can be combined with a guided day tour of Jerusalem.

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