After seeing the Garden of Gethsemane from outside its Franciscan walls in the previous post, some readers wished to see the inside.
Olive tree trunks' rings are difficult to count.
So recently carbon dating was used to determine the age of these venerable trees in the garden where (tradition says) Jesus prayed the night before his crucifixion.
Three of the trees were found to be from the years 1092, 1166, and
The study was made by the National Research Council of Italy
Trees and Timber Institute and by academics from five Italian
See the pillar of stones supporting this leaning tree?
You can enlarge the photos to see better.
It was 7:45-8:00 in the evening when I was there.
The garden is next to the Church of Gethsemane, properly known as the Basilica of the Agony, popularly known as the Church of All Nations.
These olive trees are among the oldest known to science.
But to the pilgrims who pray there, a century more or less is not what moves them, sometimes to tears.
Here is more about the recent study, and Wikipedia has more about Gethsemane.