Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem

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Just outside the Old City on Mt. Zion, Dormition Abbey marks the site where the Blessed Virgin is thought to have ascended to heaven. The modern edifice stands in the place of two earlier churches: an early Christian basilica dedicated to St. Stephan and a 12th-century church built by a monastic order. Enter to view its interior adorned with radiant mosaics illustrating the life of Virgin Mary. The set of spiral stairs leads to the crypt, which houses a statue of sleeping Mary under a colorful rotunda. See the mosaics depicting Jesus surrounded by six famous women from the Old Testament, including Judith holding the severed head of Holofernes. Plan your Dormition Abbey visit and explore what else you can see and do in Jerusalem using our Jerusalem travel planner .
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  • According to Christian tradition, this would be the place where our Lady was veiled. It's located in a basement, with small chapels.
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  • Beautiful place, beautiful, spectacular. Place where simply our Lady, our mother, slept. Fortunately, she didn't die, slept and was carried to Heaven by angels. We can see a real size statue of our Lady. Fantastic!!!!
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  • Is a place to visit with a lot of respect, there is carved the body of our Lady, as if he were sleeping, representing what Catholics believe, that she didn't die, he was sleeping and the angels took her to heaven. It is very exciting.
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  • I had a wonderful experience at Dormition Abbey. I went here with a large group of people as well as a close friend and we had mini espressos and used the wifi to catch up on things back home. I wish the abbey was open to tourists more often, but I highly enjoyed myself!
  • Beautiful church. A bit more info would be useful.
  • Site where the mother of Jesus died. Her empty tomb is in the Kiddron Valley.
  • Interesting. See the crypt.
  • Also known as Church of the Assumption

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