Dormition Abbey

Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem

Dormition Abbey
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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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Hank H
Virginia447 contributions
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OK, I’m a proud Catholic and a history nerd, but this is not the most likely place Mary died and was assumed into heaven. Though still a mystery, most scholars believe that took place in Ephesus. No matter, the artwork in this church makes it a must-visit site, particularly for pilgrims. The huge, glittering mosaic behind the altar took my breath away. Plus, there are many smaller ones in the crypt below. The one over the sculpture of Mary sleeping is my favorite - I stared at it and reflected on what I was seeing for at least 15 min. The murals and icons on the surrounding walls were also lovely.

TIP: You can skip the nearby “Room of the Last Supper” which may be close to where that room was, but is simply a vaulted, sterile room in a former mosque now. Waste of time.
Written February 7, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
The massive Benedictine Church of the Dormition with its conical roof and four round corner sandstone towners has been a Jerusalem landmark since construction was completed in 1910. The current church, which looks like a small castle, was built on the ruins of a Crusader church, which had been built on the ruins of a Byzantine church. The church is traditionally believed to be the site where the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, died or ‘fell asleep’ (dormition comes from the Latin word dormire meaning to sleep). The church is built on two levels, the upper having the high altar with semicircular apse surrounded by six colorful side chapels. Pretty – but it is the lower-level crypt with Marian shrine that will take your breath away! A life-size statue of Mary, made of cherry wood and ivory, rests on a simple bier in the center rotunda. Jesus, along with six great Biblical women, look down at the sleeping Mary from above. The room is softly lit and has a hushed, serene atmosphere. What a touching representation of the Virgin Mary departing from this earthly existence!
Written March 6, 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,239 contributions
A church celebrating a spiritual event, the ascension of Mary. We were here on a pilgrimage, but my focus is information regarding photographing here. The interior is quite dark, the area small, and it can be crowded. Travel light, a DSLR or pocket camera will suffice. Expect to alter the white balance for lighting and have high ISOs inside. A holy site, avoid disturbing folks and turn off flash.
Written June 2, 2020
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Vitor A
Lisbon, Portugal810 contributions
To visit the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion you should go out of the Fortification Wall, taking Zion Gate. Being outside the Wall is about five minutes’ walk. The Abbey is quite a good work of art and the meaning of the place is important for the ones who believe that, up there, Mary’s Assumption took place. Enjoy!
Written March 30, 2020
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Suslik
Lviv, Ukraine18 contributions
Very beautiful building from outside and from inside. It's a quiet place, easy to find if you have a map of the Old City. Amazing mozaics and sculptures inside. Many countries participated in ornamenting some spots inside the Cathedral. I just enjoyed being there.
Written January 17, 2020
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,801 contributions
This deserved to be the mother of all churches here in Mt. Zion reserved for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition holds this was the very spot where Mary ended her worldly existence. This is also the best place where you can offer your prayers to Mama Mary as the Intercessor to her son, Jesus.
Written April 24, 2020
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Brian M
Montrose, UK1,554 contributions
This is well worth visiting if you go to the area where King David is said to be buried and where the last supper was supposed to have taken place.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ronnie P
Monterey, Tennessee59 contributions
It is a very humbling and honorable experience to visit this site where the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ passed from this life into the eternal life she now abides in thanks to the Christ Child she birthed, our Messiah and our Savior/Lord. God bless you Mother Mary and my heart shall forever honor you for your part in my Salvation.
Written February 13, 2020
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ835 contributions
An interesting church and crypt well worth a visit while on Mount Zion. Great decorative elements throughout.
Written December 1, 2019
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Sarmisegetuza2013
Jerusalem, Israel32 contributions
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Here is the place where, according to the Christian tradition, Holy Mary died. The building , an enormous big one , was built at the beggining of the 20th century. Downstairs is an effigy of the Holy Mother resting for eternity. It is most impressive. The church itself, is round and has fabulous acoustics. Very well kept by the Benedictine friars. Just behind the Dormition Abbey is The Last Supper room.
Written April 7, 2015
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