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Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem

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Historic Site
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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  • We made two visits to the Dormition Abbey on Mt Zion since we felt such a wonderful spirit within the Church and Benedictine Monastery! The Abbey is close by the Room of the Last Supper and the Tomb o...  more »
  • The Hagia Maria Sion Abbey is a German-speaking Benedictine monastery on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, the name alludes to the here adopted place of death of the Virgin Mary. Accordingly, the central sanctuary of the visible and very distinctive Church is the crypt of Maria death. The plant was built in the German Empire and remains to this day an outpost of the German diaspora, which is also in the very recommendable and well-stocked gift shop German (fair prices, no haggling). Also here regularly high-profile concerts.
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  • pretty to look at. go close between noon from 11.30 to 13.30 hours. In the church you can light a candle. You can go to the basement. We were not allowed to, because the afternoon prayer began. We're going back next week to visit there. at this church is a beautiful souvenir shop with many different things. staff speaks German.
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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.