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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  • Beautiful churches, crypt with a recumbent figure of Mary, which attracts many tourists. Super noisy alas in a place of meditation
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  • We just visited this place as we were walking past, more to get a break from the heat and were more than pleasantly surprised by the interior decoration. The downstairs crypt, with a sculpture of the ...  more »
  • This church is dedicated to the Virgin sleeping. There is a current of the Church, which holds that the Virgin fell asleep and was promoted to the heavens and actually not died in Jerusalem or Ephesus (Turkey). There is a sculpture of the Virgin lying down and a box in which Jesus holds in arms to Mary. Nearby is the Cenacle and the tumbad of King David. It is worth a visit.
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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!
  • Also known as Church of the Assumption
  • Beautiful church and great views from the roof.
  • Read Revelations 12. Kaiser-style 1904 (at the end of the Kulturkampf) church, following Aachen Charlemagne's cathedral. German Benedictine monks of Beuren.
  • 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.

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