Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony), Jerusalem

Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
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Located on the Mount of Olives, this beautiful church was first built by the Byzantines in 379 and rebuilt between 1919 and 1924, whose construction was financed from contributions made by many countries.
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teddy1014
Brooklyn, NY172 contributions
Jan 2020
Beautiful newer church built by people from many different countries, hence the name. One of the most beautiful interiors in Jerusalem, even if not the most historic.
Written December 1, 2020
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Betsy G
North Canton, OH48 contributions
Feb 2020
This church gave me tingles! It was quiet and cool so a wonderful place to sit and meditate. It is a meaningful place to visit.
Written June 19, 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,239 contributions
Feb 2020
This church is included on almost every pilgrimage and, therefore, presents a challenge for the amateur photographer. There are always crowds, and the inside is quite dark. You will need to cross the busy street for an overview, and you can see the very colorful art above the columns. The darkness inside requires high ISOs and adjustments to the white balance. Or, post-process the best images. Due to the crowds, travel light - a DSLR with zoom lens leaning to the wide-angle capability works well.
Written May 30, 2020
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX690 contributions
Jul 2019
The Church of All Nations - The Basilica of the Agony is located on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives, right next to the Garden of Gethsemane, and directly across the Kidron Valley from the Eastern Wall and the Temple Mount. It is a modern church with modern art and decorations but it's location was, to me, the most impactful of its attributes and attraction.
Inside the Basilica, the most significant feature - to me at least - is the large rock on the ground in front of the altar representing the rock on which Our Lord spent his agony in the garden on Holy Thursday.. What a significant impressive feature, both inspiring and awe producing.
The modern exterior of the Church of Al Nations - The Basilica of the Agony is marked by the very large and extensive mosaic over the front door covering the whole upper area of the front of the Basilica (which is also quite visible and identifiable from the highway when passing by.
Written May 5, 2020
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions
Apr 2020
An outstanding church in the heart of Jerusalem where the Passion of Jesus took place. The present church here (the 3rd built) was only completed in the 1920s so this was somewhat a modern vibe of a building. So many people packing this church taking their mandatory photo op. So you could just imagine the queues when you finally visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Written April 26, 2020
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etbtravelphotography
Denver, CO643 contributions
Feb 2020
Church another church in my opinion. The garden is a draw due to the old gnarly olive trees. Mary's tomb nearby is also worth a stop, though it is not marked, so don't miss. At least it wasn't crowded relative to places in the old city.
Written April 13, 2020
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kteversole
212 contributions
Nov 2019
The church is beautiful, but not all that beautiful. This sill probably be a very short stop for a tour group. You are there to touch the rock. The crowd will likely be dense toward the front of the church. You will regret not moving forward through that crowd to touch the rock Jesus is said to have prayed upon and fallen asleep at. You'll be there in only about 5 minutes. Don't let the size of the crowd dissuade you, it only looks big. From the rock you can loop back into the church to admire it. You can also wander out to the garden with amazingly old olive trees. The olive trees are not 1500 years old. That doesn't mean they are insignificant. They may have been cultivated from ancient seed or stock. They ask you, the tourist, to pause to consider them, living yet old beyond anything else we're probably aware of. Breath on them so that some of you remains, nourishing the tree, after you board your bus to the next stop, ...and after you've gone home.
Written April 5, 2020
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Richardo
Bushkill, PA84 contributions
Mar 2020
When you go inside and see the bedrock where Jesus believe to be pray is amazing feeling to know we where able to be where his spirit was..
Written March 31, 2020
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,079 contributions
May 2019
We wandered through the Garden of Gethsemane, filled with 1500-year-old olive trees, where Jesus supposedly spent his last night, and imagined the scene as we made our way to the Church of all Nations (Basilica of the Agony). Entering, we were awed by the beautiful paintings and mosaics. Twelve nations, including the US, contributed to the restoration of this church and each has its own cupola in the ceiling showing its flag amid the artwork. The altar is built on top of the stone where Judas gave Jesus the kiss of betrayal. It was incredible to see the rough rock jutting up from the floor in front of the altar. Truly memorable.
Written March 19, 2020
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DQShaw
York, ME1,345 contributions
Jan 2020
We were part of a tour group. Having a guide explain things always helps. The artwork inside the Church and the Church itself is just breathtaking. Great to stop, pray and give thanks.
Written March 19, 2020
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