Mt of Olives, Gethsemane, Garden Tomb Date(s): April 2012. Album by Kathie Muench. Photos by Kathie Muench. 1 - 58 of 58 Total. 401 Visits.
1 Beautiful old structure near the Mt of Olives.
3 Olive grove on Mt of Olives. The Garden of Gethsemane is at the foot of the Mt of Olives.
4 There are dozens of olive trees here in the Garden that some historians estimate to be more than 2000 years old. Olive trees do not have rings so their age can not be precisely determined.
5 Some archeologists say that it is unlikely that these trees were here in the time of Christ because of the report that the Romans cut down all the trees in the area in their siege of Jerusalem in AD 70. All I can say is that they look REALLY old.
7 Poppies in the Garden.
8 Ruins at Mt of Olives.
9 Chapel on Mt of Olives.
10 Catholic priest in the Garden of Gethsemane. He posed for everyone that came by. I doubt that he was 5 feet tall.
11 Succulent on the Mt of Olives.
12 Flowers in the Garden of Gethsemane.
14 Lower left is the Church of all Nations right next to the Garden of Gethsemane. Top right is the Russian Orthodox Church of St Mary Magdalene, built in 1888 by the czar for his mother.
15 I love this beautiful church! We didn't get close enough to it so I uploaded a photo from the net. Thirty nuns from all over the world live in the convent there.
16 Beautiful Russian Orthodox church near the Garden of Gethsemane.
17 Closeup of window in that church.
18 Jewish School.
20 Entrance to the tomb.
22 King David
23 You should see 2 cars pass each other on these narrow Jerusalem streets. Sometimes we were walking on these streets when 2 cars passed each other too, and we were grateful we hadn't eaten more breakfast.
24 The beautiful city of Jerusalem, built on the hills.
25 The walls surrounding Old Jerusalem.
26 Depictions of Christ's life near the Church of St Anne, built by the French in the 1300s.
28 The Pools of Bethesda were located here near the Church of St Anne. The Pools were spoken of in the Gospel of John, but the site wasn't discovered until the 19th century.
31 Photo, through glass, of a statue of the Prophet Jeremiah in chains.
32 We walked this way down to the bottom of the cistern where he was imprisoned. The princes of Judah were angry with him for prophesying destruction of Jerusalem if they did not repent.
33 So the officials took Jeremiah from his cell and lowered him by ropes into an empty cistern in the prison yard and left him there for a long time.
34 Jeremiah 38:6 "And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire (mud)." When Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem, he ordered that Jeremiah be freed from prison and treated well.
35 Kidron Valley
36 Birth place of the Virgin Mary.
37 Remaining ruins of Antonia Fortress, thought to be the place where Jesus went before Pontius Pilate.
38 Originally built by the Maccabeans, Antonia Fortress was rebuilt on a grand scale between 37 and 35 BC by Herod the Great, and was named for Mark Anthony.
39 The massive Antonia Fortress stood in the NW corner of the Temple Mount, overlooking the Temple. It was built to protect the north side of Jerusalem, the only part of the city not protected by deep valleys.
40 The Fortress was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
41 Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.
42 A view of Jerusalem as we approach the Old City.
43 I love the round roofs!
44 Damascus Gate, the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The highway in front of it used to lead to Damascus, Syria. The upper gate with the bridge was built in 1537. Underneath it are remains of a gate built during the Roman rule of Hadrian in the 2nd century AD.
45 Lindsay on the left, our tour guide, and S Michael Wilcox, on the right, who read the scriptures at each site and talked about their meaning.
47 Visitors wait in line to enter the Garden Tomb.
48 Door placed at the entrance to what many think is the Garden Tomb.
49 Sign on the door.
50 Inside the Garden Tomb. The Savior's body was laid on the bed made of rock in the center.
52 Rock formations surround the Gardens by the Tomb.
53 The Garden close to the Tomb. Mary had a conversation with the Savior here after He was resurrected.
54 Pots of Caladiums add color and beauty to the Garden.
56 Lilies in the Garden by the Tomb.
57 Excavated garden pool near the Garden Tomb.
58 Possibly Golgotha, the place of the skull, thought to be the site because the hillside looks like a human skull. Some think the place of crucifixion was some place else and was named Golgotha because of all the human skulls found on the ground there.