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Dormition Abbey

Address: Mount Zion, Jerusalem, Israel
Phone Number: 02/565-5330
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Ranked #52 of 172 Attractions in Jerusalem
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Located on Mount Zion, this massive church resembles a mighty fortress with a high, domed belltower and conical dome.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This church on Mt Zion is said to be where Mary died. On the ground floor is the domed church with very fine mosaic work, and down in the crypt is a shrine of Mary in her sleep. A very peaceful place

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New York
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Very beautiful church located outside of the old city's zion gate (notice the bullet holes from the '67 conflict when Jerusalem was conquered by Israel). The mosaic work is gorgeous and worthy of artistic appreciation. Interestingly, when we visited there was a group of visitors (I could not figure out their language) but one of the women looked frighteningly similar... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I loved this church & the mosaics were quite beautiful. I enjoyed the serenity of this Church. However, as a Catholic, I was appalled by some visitors apparent disregard for rules when inside a Catholic Church. Gentleman PLEASE remove your hats. Women do not need to wear hats. Only use the holy water to bless yourself if you are Catholic.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

My wife and I visited the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion in May 2014. Christian tradition identifies this as the place where the virgin Mary died. The building has a conical roof and four corner towers. It stands south of the old city's Zion gate. Nearby soars the bell tower of the Hagia Maria Sion Abbey. The church and the... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Although relatively new, the Neo-Romanesque Church of the Dormition, which dominates Mt Zion just outside the City walls is definitely worth a visit. It is where the Virgin Mary is said to have lived after the death of Jesus, falling into an “eternal sleep”. The church has two levels – the main church and the crypt, both equally impressive. The... More

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I enjoyed the walk to this site through narrow alleys. I could catch a glimpse of the Abbey and it made for some spectacular photos. When we entered the building, it was late in the day and the cafe was closed and so was the gift shop. It was quiet and serene with just a few other visitors. The site... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

A pretty impressive building, and situated in the narrow surrounding streets, this was one of the better places on our multi-stop tour. The catacombs are nice and cool and there is a little cafe.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Next to Zion Gate- we visited for a fantastic french organ recital just before Xmas- the performance and place were magical . As was said - great little shop with warm , communicative staff. Cafe looked buzzing and good food too- we ment to rtn for this but time was tight. Fee for loos I think.

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Novosibirsk, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

I first took my wife here during our short visit in May 2011, since Virgin Mary occupies a very special place in her mind and soul. When I came to Jerusalem again next year, she wanted me to visit this place again - and to show it to my step-daughter. Both times we were lucky to visit at the very... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

The problem in Dormition Abbey in the disputed originality of Mary's sepulcher with a chapel in the Turkish country, near to Ephesus.

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