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Garden of Gethsemane

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Basic Information

Location 31.779402°N 35.240197°E
Country Israel
City Jerusalem
Address Jerusalem Israel

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Tourist%20Information/Christian%20Themes/Details/Pages/The%20Garden%20of%20Gethsemane.aspx
Geographical Coordinates 31.7794,35.2402


Summary

Gethsemane (Greek: Γεθσημανἰ, Gethsēmani Hebrew: גת שמנים‎, Gat-Šmânim Aramaic: גת שמני‎, Gath-Šmânê, Classical Syriac: ܓܕܣܡܢ‎, Gat Šmānê, lit. "oil press") is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem most famous as the place where, according to the gospels, Jesus and his disciples are said to have prayed the night before he was arrested, the day before his death.


Pilgrimage site

According to Luke 22:43–44, Jesus' anguish in Gethsemane was so deep that "his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." According to the Eastern Orthodox Church tradition, Gethsemane is the garden where the Virgin Mary was buried and was assumed into heaven after her dormition on Mount Zion. The Garden of Gethsemane became a focal site for early Christian pilgrims. It was visited in 333 by the anonymous "Pilgrim of Bordeaux", whose Itinerarium Burdigalense is the earliest description left by a Christian traveler in the Holy Land. In his Onomasticon, Eusebius of Caesarea notes the site of Gethsemane located "at the foot of the Mount of Olives", and he adds that "the faithful were accustomed to go there to pray". Ancient olive trees growing in the garden are said to be 900 years old.

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