Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

The Mount of Olives looks out on Jerusalem’s Old City from the east. In purely geographical terms, it shelters Jerusalem from the Judean Desert and catches and directs precious water toward the city. It was once covered in olive trees, but not so much any more.

For 3,000 years the Mount of Olives has been Judaism’s most sacred burial ground. Some 150,000 Jews are buried there, including biblical prophets and revered rabbis. The Kabbalistic Zohar text tells that when the Messiah comes, the Mount of Olives will be his first stop and on that day, the righteous will rise from the dead.

Looking out at Jerusalem's Old City from the Mount of Olives, with the ancient Jewish cemetery in the foreground.

Looking out at Jerusalem’s Old City from the Mount of Olives, with the ancient Jewish cemetery in the foreground.

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This stretch of the Kidron Valley lies between Mount Moriah and the Mount of Olives in one of the world’s holiest cities. The valley continues eastward about 20 miles to the Dead Sea. The valley and adjacent slopes have been burial grounds for thousands of years due to their association with End Times in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

 

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the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, where Jesus prayed before being arrested, photo by Derek Winterburn, courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, where Jesus prayed before being arrested, photo by Derek Winterburn, courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) in the Old City of Jerusalem, traditionally held to be the route Jesus walked to his crucifixion

the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) in the Old City of Jerusalem, traditionally held to be the route Jesus walked to his crucifixion

the 9th Station of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, where, according to tradition, Jesus stumbled for the 3rd time as he carried the cross to his crucifixion

the 9th Station of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, where, according to tradition, Jesus stumbled for the 3rd time as he carried the cross to his crucifixion

inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which some traditions hold stands on the ground where Jesus was crucified and buried

inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which some traditions hold stands on the ground where Jesus was crucified and buried

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, photo by Noam Chen, courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism