The Mount of Olives

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Depster on August 29, 2003

The Mount of Olives rises in the Eastern part of the city. It is easily recognizable by the Seven Arches, which are lit up every. Dotting the Mountain are a variety of churches, including Dominus Flevit (The Lord Wept), the Church of the Nations, and Lord's Prayer Church.

The best way to experience these churches is to walk from the bottom to the top stopping in at each one. However, this is strenuous. Some people take a taxi to the top and then walk down. Others take tour buses, which stop at each individual church. I like to climb up because it gives you an appreciation for what it would be like to walk up to Jerusalem. On the other side of the Mount of Olives is Bethany and Bethphage. If you have the time, the hike to Lazarus's tomb is excellent.

My favorite church was Dominus Flavit. The view is spectacular and the mood was appropriate. Another interesting feature of the Mount of Olives is the hundreds of graves covering the side of the Mountain.

Mount of Olives
Mount of Olives Road
Jerusalem, Israel
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