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Located on Mount Zion, this massive church resembles a mighty fortress with a high, domed belltower and conical dome.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a beautiful church. check out the tile work over the "tomb" of Mary. I had to research who some of the women were.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Abbey is well maintained and clean and a nice place to rest and pray ... also not a bad place for singing classic catholic lithurgy but an horrible place for speeches or preaching ... terrible echos makes it hard to be understood even few...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a German Benedictine Church just off Zion gate. The mosaic on the ground floor is beautiful, but what is truly inspiring is downstairs, where a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, "sleeping" is. The Catholic tradition says that the Virgin did not die, but...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 6, 2019

This is such a beautiful church. We were lucky to enter when a there was a service which added to the atmosphere. Down in the crypt is just beautiful. The decoration in the alcoves and ceiling are fantastic. Such a peaceful place even though filled...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 5, 2019

A beautiful church in the Old City we visited this May. We brought with us our written petitions and pictures for people we wanted to pray. The nuns here will pray for those petitions. I love the mosaic in the cave of the Mary and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 1, 2019

At the highest point of Mount Zion is the Dormition Abbey the monastery and the Church of Dormition where the Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus died. The bell tower of the Abbey soars high nearby. The tomb of the Virgin Mary was under renovation...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed April 20, 2019

Of course you can easily see the church and bell tower up close on its grounds. It seemed to be run by Germans and even we were about to leave but stopped in for a drink in the little cafe (next to a gift shop)...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

Get some shekels out of your pocket and get the fold out guide. There is so much to see here, but it is pretty crowded. The guide provided me with a "pocket retreat".

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

To be honest I visited this place as I was in TLV as part of Jerusalem Bethlehem tour. It was ok I didn't feel any enlightening. It's more a "I have been there" kind of thing. Worth a visit if you come to Israel but...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2019

Not a lot to see here, but was nice enough to visit. Had gorgeous mosaics inside. Close to the "Upper Room" and King David's Tomb

Date of experience: February 2019
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