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Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem
(4.4/5 based on 100 reviews on the web)
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. With our international travel planner, Jerusalem attractions like Dormition Abbey can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Quite serene place, at least when it is not polluted by groups of tourists and pilgrims who share their emotions and words as if the whole universe was waiting for their oracle...
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  • See for the decoration of the Interior of this church for his crypt where a recumbent figure of the Virgin .and both qua being in the area, visit the tomb of King David and the room of the cenacle, supposed place of the last supper of Christ and his Apostles
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  • This Benedictine Abbey is beautiful, gathering place, a mystical atmosphere like no other. Does not crowds of people, making it easy to appreciate the environment what's in the Abbey
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  • The next of the Last Supper room, Serbian St. Sava bought room and upgraded Monastery of St. John the Theologian on Mount Zion, the home town of John the Divine, where the Virgin greeted his last days. You will, together with the house, as well as to donate an appendage Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified. The Crusades and the church and houses were destroyed. Most likely it was set on fire in the last Templar crusade. They have rebuilt the Franciscans in the 14th century.
  • Very simple and antiquated.
  • Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem is the site where the Virgin Mary is said to have died.
  • Lovely architecture in terms of interior and exterior.
  • Dormition Abbey is a unique and eclectic in style church building from the turn of the 20th century arguing to be at the place where "Mary fell asleep" and where the "Pentacost" event took place.