Mount of Olives Lookout

Mount of Olives Lookout

Located on the eastern edge of Jerusalem, adjacent to Mount Scopus and offering equally spectacular views of the entire city, it’s hard to imagine a site that is more packed with significance for Christian pilgrims on Holy Land tours than the Mount of Olives.

It is to the Mount of Olives that Jesus returned after the Last Supper, and it is from here that he was taken into custody by Roman soldiers. The Mount of Olives is the place from where Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a white donkey the week before he was crucified. As described in the Book of Luke, it is on the Mount of Olives that Jesus sat and looked out over the Holy City, weeping over her future destruction. And the Mount of Olives is the place to which Jesus returned after his resurrection.

Since it is associated with so many major events in the life of Jesus, the Mount of Olives serves as a significant site of Christian worship and pilgrimage for Catholic and Protestant Christians alike. There are at least seven major holy sites worth visiting on the Mount of Olives, including the Church of all Nations, the Church of Maria Magdalene, Dominus Flevit Church, Chapel of the Ascension, Gethsemane, Mary's Tomb and the Church of the Pater Noster. These sites mark the spots where the aforementioned events took place.

In addition, a 3,000-year-old Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives is both the oldest in the world and one that is still in use today. According to Jewish tradition, in the End of Days, the righteous dead will ultimately be resurrected from the Mount of Olives.

 

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