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St Mary Magdalene, Jerusalem

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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 Agony . This remarkably beautiful church is associated with St Elizabeth Fyodorovna, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and widow of Russian Prince Sergei (assassinated in 1905). After her husband's death, she became a nun and served the Russian poor. She was executed during the Bolshevik revolution on 17 July 1918, along with her friend, St Barbara. Both are buried in this church.