Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Mount of Olives

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Enlarge the photo and see how many churches you can find.

The Mount of Olives as seen from near St. Stephen's Gate into the Old City.

To the left of the arched Basilica of the Agony are the ancient olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane.
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20 comments:

crystal said...

Thanks, Dina! I was hoping I could see what it looked like :) What's that little church with the gold onion domes?

Andrew said...

So wonderful to see...

Patsy said...

What a beautiful photo,I went back and read about Basilica of the Agony don't know how I missed it before.Thanks for your greeting on Palm Sunday.

Robert Geiss said...

Thank you very much for this historical sight and the adventure to walk, and even if only with eye and thought.

Please have a good Friday.

Theanne said...

I saw three easy ones...there must be more...such a lovely photo!

Kathy said...

Lovely picture! I'm guessing four churches :)

Raksha said...

My sister is buried in the cemetery on the Mount of Olives. Her name in Hebrew as it appears on her gravestone is Yael Rachel Segal. I used to have a photograph of her grave, but I no longer have it. Here is a link to a sonnet I wrote about her shortly after her death in 1984:

http://rakshaspersonalblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/unsent-letters.html

cieldequimper said...

That's a sight for sore eyes...

Hels said...

Dina,

Reuven Rubin could not have painted this view better :) Thank you for a great image.

Karl Demetz said...

Wonderful photo of this historical place, Dina. Have a good Friday.

Dina said...

Shalom friends, thanks for your nice comments.

Crystal, that "little" church is actually very big. See more of it at
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/07/mary-magdalene-her-feast-day-and-church.html
and also

http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2011/04/sprucing-up-for-holidays.html

It is the Russian Orthodox monastery and Church of St. Mary Magdalene.

Dina said...

Shalom all. I should add that the Jewish cemetery on the Mt. of Olives is visible in the upper right corner of my photo. The graves at the bottom of the picture, in the Valley of Kidron, I think are Franciscan.

Raksha, thank you for sharing the link to a sad story. May your sister Yael, z"l, rest in peace on the Mt. of Olives.
There is not much room left in the ancient cemetery and it is a big honor to be buried there.
I wish I could get you a photo of her grave, but this cemetery has become a place that is not safe to walk in alone.

VP said...

I would really like to look at this view again...

JM said...

What a wonderful view of the Monte das Oliveiras! As you might notice, the name is not so different in portuguese. :-)

katney said...

I remember that the Russian church there was the first time I had seen the onion shaped domes. Little did I know those many years ago that I would have a son who would marry a Russian and we would see many many of those domes when we visited. I would love to return again.

Raksha said...

@Dina: I feel the need to apologize for imposing my sad story on you, but the minute I saw your picture labeled "Mount of Olives" last night, I felt a strong impulse to let you know my sister is buried there. I guess I hoped you would be able to take a picture of her grave, and that's why I told you her name. I realize it's a great honor to be buried there and I have always wondered how she qualified. She was just one more new immigrant, a dual American-Israeli citizen like so many others.

Again, I apologize for imposing on you like that. But when I saw that picture last night I just had to say something. The impulse was too strong to resist.

Chag sameach,
Linda aka Raksha

Dina said...

Dear Linda / Raksha, believe me, I wish I could go roaming in the Mt of Olives cemetery. It is one of the few Jerusalem cemeteries that I have never been in.
Hopefully conditions will improve soon because on Thursday a police station was opened there.
See
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/154534#.T38W9dVKGSo

But right now, let's do Pesach. I am leaving for the seder in a minute which fortunately this year is right next-door.
Chag sameach to you.

Pietro said...

Great uplifting view. Thanks for sharing, Dina.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photo.

Regards and best wishes

Spiderdama said...

Just beautiful! And such a clear blue sky over the place.. Miss it!:-)