An ancient Christian tradition says that Mary, the mother of Jesus, fell into an eternal sleep and was taken into heaven from ... More
Tomb of the Virgin Mary
An ancient Christian tradition says that Mary, the mother of Jesus, fell into an eternal sleep and was taken into heaven from her tomb. The second century manuscript, "Transitus Mariae" records legends of her funeral. The tomb itself dates from the first century, and several Christian churches have been built, destroyed and rebuilt on this site. The present facade is from the Crusader period. A wide staircase descends 50 steps to the dark crypt. Along its sides are tombs of Queen Melisende (d. 1161) and a chapel dedicated to Anna and Joachim, the parents of Mary.
Although mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, the oldest parts of the church we now see are the 13th
century tower and 14th century spire. Until specialized university buildings were available, St Mary's was used for university meetings, ...
The golden onion domes of St Mary Magdalene, built by Russian Tsar Alexander III (1888), are a famous landmark on
the Mount of Olives. To reach the convent grounds, take the paved road directly behind the Basilica of the ...
This fortress like church with its conical dome was dedicated in 1910 by German Benedictines. It lies above the remains
of the fourth century Hagia Sion and the 11th century Franciscan Church of the Dormition, commemorating the "falling asleep" ...