This panorama is best viewed in the morning, as later in the day the sun is in the wrong direction. From the Seven Arches ... More
Mount of Olives
This panorama is best viewed in the morning, as later in the day the sun is in the wrong direction. From the Seven Arches Hotel the gleaming gold roof of the Dome of the Rock lies below in the Temple Mount complex and beyond it, the silver dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. As well as the Old City in the foreground, from this raised point it is also possible to see the City of David, the Kidron Valley and the new suburbs of West Jerusalem.
It didn't tell me about the mount of Olive at all, it didn't even metion the Mount of Olives. i thought that this was a horrible reiew, when I type in ount of Olies, I expect to see something about the mount of Olives
While the Mount of Olives is a beautiful spot which offers spectacular views of Jerusalem along with a plethora of churches of all demoninations (including FOUR distinct sites for the Accension!), the church in the picture accompanying this page is NOT on the Mt. of Olives. It is, rather, Mt. Zion (on the western hill of the Old City) with the German Catholic Church of the Dormition, built to commemorate the tradition that Mary, the mother of Jesus, fell into "eternal sleep" rather than dying. The tall tower which looks like the mineret of a mosque is actually a clock tower connected to the church. Instead of a crescent moon on the top, there is a very German-looking weather vane!
By the way, it was none other than Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany who placed the corner stone for the church during his visit to Jerusalem in 1898. The very beautiful Dormition Church was completed (well, there's always something to be done to keep it maintained) in the 1920s. Go there not only for a tour, but also to pick up a schedule of concerts that are held inside the church, which has very nice acoustics.
And while you are on Mt. Zion, there are many more interesting things to see, including the Armenian, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish cemeteries, the area outside & inside Zion Gate, the Diaspora Yeshiva building which was built during the Crusader Period (1099-1187) and houses the traditional sites of both the tomb of King David AND the Room of the Last Supper as well as a small museum to commemorate the Sho'ah (Holocaust) which identifies many of the "shtetles" (little Eastern European Jewish villages) which were destroyed in "pogroms".
Across the street and down the hill a little (still on Mt. Zion) is the cemetery where Oskar Shindler is buried and the very beautiful Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (the place Peter denied Jesus 3 times "before the cock crowed".
Mt. Zion is a beautiful area of the city - as can be seen in the photograph (which is, again, NOT the Mt. of Olives) accompanying this page!
Breathtaking 360º view from the top of Augusta Victoria Compound tower (there is an elevator). Ceramic tiles carrying the “Lord’s Prayer” in various languages – on the Pater noster church walls (according to tradition this is the place where Jesus taught his disciples that prayer before entering Jerusalem) and The Russian church of Maria Magdalena. One can find plenty of information (including free mp3 tour, tour map and tour written material) on the Municipality of Jerusalem website.
Whoever is about to go on this trip you should definetly go. It is so luxureaes and very realaxing. Go on this trip! It is very cheap. I totaaly recomand it to everyone. It was so fun for me and my family.
Mount of Olives is one of the artifact of the Bible and the sacred place.One of the famous hotel can be found in the Mount,THE SEVEN ARCHES HOTEL and their excellent service always meet the expectation and needs of every visitors.
I enjoyed walking around the Mount of Olives, it was a pleasure driving to this area, plenty of parking, you even can right a camel in the parking.
To be at yet anther place where Jesus was such a blessing, to know your foot steps where his could have been, to smell the GREAT Jerusalem air, the Mount of Olives, the view was amazing, when I was there the flowers were in bloom,the scent filled the air and doves where in the trees, maybe this was a reason Jesus enjoyed it so.?? I like to think so.
Walking in the Mount of Olives was more heart filling and peaceful then standing on the top of Half Dome.