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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. 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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Although it lacks a big selection of mid-range options, Jerusalem provides plenty of choices in the top-end hotel category. The Old City contains the bulk of Jerusalem's small hotels, inexpensive hostels, and religious hospices, all of which appeal to budget-conscious travelers. West Jerusalem offers additional options in the form of guesthouses and bigger hotels, some of which boast five-star ratings. If you just need a bed, consider a youth hostel, where you can choose between private and common rooms with Wi-Fi included.
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  • Dormition Abbey is located close to King David Tomb and is part of the pedestrian visit of Mount Zion. It really worth the visit, it's close and can be visited in 10 mins. Very peaceful place!.  more »
  • We were at the Upper Room and King David's Tomb so why miss the Abbey - an interesting architectural and spritual tribute to Mary, Mother of Jesus.  more »
  • This is a Dominican church that was inaugurated in 1910 . On mount Zion near Zion gate and King David's tomb . Maria , according to the belief fell asleep here for a year , therefore the name , dormit...  more »
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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.