Garden of Gethsemane
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Located outside the walls of Jerusalem, this beautiful garden among a grove of olive trees is thought to be the place where Jesus particularly enjoyed prayer and contemplation.
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Cimmerianbloke
Rixensart, Belgium433 contributions
May 2022
The Gardens themselves are relatively small and unimpressive, and unacessible, they are fenced to prevent tourists to stroll amongst the trees. The olive trees themselves are absolutely amazing, and the meaning of the place to Christians makes it a very special place to visit. The access is very easy from the Old City, it is free but can be packed with visiting groups and tour busses. From the Gardens, you can walk up alongside the hill to hace a wonderful view of the Jerusalem remparts.
Written June 5, 2022
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Christopher S
Fort Collins, CO70 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Worth a visit on the way up the mount of olives. The garden is well maintained and not trashed which I appreciated. Looks just like you would imagine! There are several can drivers at the entrance that will drive up to the lookout for pretty reasonable amounts. I paid 50 shekels for my group of 3 top to bottom with a short visit at the top for some pictures.
Written July 3, 2022
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,471 contributions
Jan 2020
Sitting outside the city walls of Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of Mount of Olives is a sacred destination for Christian pilgrims. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John describe how Jesus often visited the garden to pray. It was here that Jesus prayed in agony the night before His crucifixion, and where He was arrested after Judas betrayed Him with a kiss. Today’s garden has been under Franciscan control since 1681. It’s peaceful (despite the crowds at the neighboring Church of All Nations) and home to some of the world’s oldest olive trees. Protected by a railing, the trees may even date to the time of Jesus! Our church group celebrated Mass in one of the outdoor chapels. It was beautiful and yet sobering to worship here, a site of agony and betrayal and yet a place of powerful prayer.
Written March 7, 2020
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Paul A
Pretoria, South Africa5 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
I have been to Gethsemane many times with yours and have approached this leg of the tour the same way. Tour bus drop off at Mount of Olives, walk to Gethsemane and pick up again before being dropped at some other destination such as the David City. This time we did Northern Rampart walk to Damascus gate and around the wall to Gethsemane , being cognisant of the busy traffic. We spent time in the gardens and churches before walking the broad promenade to the dung gate for entrance to the Western Wall. This slow walk was special as it it gave us the time to reflect on what we had just witnessed and to see the Kidron valley in more detail than if we had driven it. If you have the time I would suggest the walk.
Written January 20, 2020
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ChrisJS51
Sevenoaks, UK504 contributions
Nov 2019
The place where Jesus prayed just before his arrest. Many of the olive trees are so old that they would have been there at the time, making it so much more evocative. However there is not much left of it because, like almost all the biblical sites. someone has built a dirty great (and not very tasteful) church on it.
Written February 26, 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,239 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited on a pilgrimage as did lots of other people. So, we walked around the perimeter of the garden, a collection of olive trees, some very old, in single file and briefly stopped for pictures. The interior of the garden is off-limits. If you are an amateur photographer, expect to have crowds and only a few minutes to grab shots. My advice: travel light with a pocket camera or a DSRL with a zoom lens, take a lot of pictures and expect to delete the bad ones later. There is not much contrast in the trees and their leaves. Post-processing for contrast may be needed.
Written May 30, 2020
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ClanAnderson
Leicester, UK366 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The garden is full of very old olive trees, some around at the time of Jesus. They are amazing to see. It’s a nice place which feels calm and tranquil and you feel like you have gone back in time.
Written February 20, 2020
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Mildred W
5 contributions
Mar 2020
The olive trees in the garden give you a peaceful place of prayer. To see a tree over 2000 years old or as our guide says at least 2034 years reminds you of a firm foundation. God supplies all we need to succeed and be fruitful.
Written March 10, 2020
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,730 contributions
Oct 2022
I don't think anyone is sure that this area is the actual Garden of Gethsemane, but it is a garden containing ancient olive trees on the Mount of Olives, so it is at least nearby. It was impressive to see the many old trees in the garden maintained by the nearby church. The area was somewhat crowded with tour groups when we visited, but it was still nice to wander the garden and the church and to think about the history of this place. We stayed for about 20 minutes.
Written November 20, 2022
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Tony C
Bedford, UK1,112 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
I guess you will visit here coupled with the Mount of Olives. A steep downhill walk between the two.
This is a place that most visitors will have heard of and it was certainly nice to see the place I had be taught so much about when I was younger.
The main feature of the All Nations Church to the side. Whilst in the capital you will no doubt see a lot of churches but this one is worth spending 30 minutes of your time.
All adds to the story of the places you will see in Jerusalem.
Written December 1, 2022
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