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Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem

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Contact: +972 2 565 5330
Open Hours: M-F 9a-5:30p, Su 10:30a-5:30p
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" of the Virgin Mary. In the crypt, look upward under the dome of Mary's shrine to see the mosaic of Christ surrounded by the biblical women Eve, Sarah, Miriam, Esther, Yael, and Judith. The main sanctuary is graced with beautiful side altars, and a magnificent mosaic floor. Check the bulletin board or call for listings of organ concerts. Gift shop onsite.