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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  • August 12, 2017
    Simple church surrounded by the tomb of king David, a sculpture of sleeping Mary, and the room where the last supper took place. The church is active, with mass held multiple times daily. You won't be...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Catholic Abbey on the site of the death of the Virgin. I can't say that a place be sure to visit or very considerably. For some reason, Catholics argue that here the mother of God was buried, although this is not in line with Jewish tradition-bury where he lived this strange, and at that time it was a residential area, the Zion case is the place of the last supper in two steps. And here is the burial place of the Virgin at the foot of the Mount of olives, where now stands the Orthodox Greek-Armenian Church is fully in line with Jewish tradition-olives of Prophet Zakariya is the place of the resurrection of the dead at the time of Domesday, there has always been the most prestigious cemetery in Jerusalem. Abbey normal, all new. The crypt beneath the temple-ladders down the sides of the temple, in a crypt under the legend and is the place of the assumption of the Virgin. It has excellent acoustics, "rejoice, o Virgin" victoriously sounds, so you can sing, if you're here. There are benches, you can safely sit down to pray. And cool on the hottest day. Upstairs at the entrance to the Abbey of decent cafes with decent same prices, but more importantly-with free vajfaem, password, pasted on the wet bar.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Maria passed away Church of Zion Hill area is. To go to this church you will see have been along the walkway surrounded by Wall Street in front of the gate of Zion, like walls and finally. It is a White Tower, protrude to the top of the building, the Church itself is relatively new. Walk into Church and wall pictures from Mary and Jesus Christ, Saints back Golden float out. The ceiling is a very simple design, restless. Mary wearing a Brown gown, going down to the basement, in the light of the candle by lying. You look so peaceful, entranced.
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  • July 12, 2017
    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!
  • May 4, 2017
    Also known as Church of the Assumption
  • December 25, 2016
    Beautiful church and great views from the roof.
  • December 10, 2016
    Read Revelations 12. Kaiser-style 1904 (at the end of the Kulturkampf) church, following Aachen Charlemagne's cathedral. German Benedictine monks of Beuren.
  • October 4, 2016
    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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