Park of Olives
The Park of Olives is a remarkable environmental sculpture garden, set in 1986 in a big field south of Jerusalem. Its main landmark are three columns, each 33 feet high, with an olive tree at its top. Special hydro-agricultural technology was developed by the artist, Ran Morin, to sustain the trees in such conditions. In the grove around it 200 olives trees are set in specific patters, with a few foot paths between them. Stroll through the garden to admire this installation, as well as the stunning views of the Jerusalem mountains and the Judean Desert. In October it is also possible to participate in the annual harvest of the olives in the park.
1948 Fortifications Near the Park of Olives
At the SE corner of the Park of Olives several military trenches and a bunker are still visible. These reinforcements were formed in 1948, preparing the kibbutz to an attack from Bethlehem. In the fierce battles that took place on this ridge it changed hands a few times, but it ended staying in Israeli hands. Until 1967 these fortifications marked the border between Israel and Jordan.
Touring the Park of Olives
The park is located opposite the entrance to Kibbutz Ramat Rachel. In 2021 the park was fenced and can no longer be reached.
A tour of the Park of Olives can be combined with a guided day tour of Jerusalem