Church of Saint Mary Magdalena

Church of Saint Mary Magdalena

Church of Saint Mary Magdalena
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teddy1014
Brooklyn, NY236 contributions
Absolutely gorgeous church with a very interesting history, probably one of the few Russian Orthodox presence in Jerusalem. Very peaceful as well as it does not have nearly as many visitors as churches in Old Jerusalem. There's also an abundance of cats here if you're into that.
Written December 1, 2020
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Richard S
Queensbury, UK729 contributions
Absolutely visually stunning exterior . We were there when it was not open but spoke to a clergy man who was passing by and told us that it was not so grand inside .
Written March 17, 2020
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Steve57C
Dudley, UK1,399 contributions
Couples
Set in the slopes of the mount of olives this Russian Orthodox Church with its golden onion domes is breathtaking.
Written January 8, 2020
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Vanessamariappr .
Brasilia, DF223 contributions
Friends
This one of the most beautiful places to visit in Jerusalem. The visitation hours are very restricted: Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm. There is a beautiful garden around the church, fenced by high walls. The church is in the way to Mount of Olives.
Written December 26, 2019
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ887 contributions
Of all of the churches on the slopes of Mount Olive, this one is the most eye-catching, even if technically not exceedingly important from the historic point of view. Well worth a stop.
Written December 1, 2019
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Donna M
Cleveland, OH152 contributions
This is the church that always stands out on the side of the Mount of Olives when looking from the old city, because of its glistening golden Russian onion domes and crosses. It is a Russian Orthodox women's monastery near the Garden of Gethsemane. Access is gained through a small door in the wall by ringing the bell and waiting to be let in. We had no problem as we were a group of Orthodox pilgrims, but I understand that access may be limited--check ahead. The church is a typical Russian church but very beautiful, and the grounds are beautiful gardens. The church holds the relics of Russian Grand Duchess Elizabeth and her fellow nun Barbara, who were martyrs of the Russian Revolution. Be warned that there are many steps leading up the side of the hill to the church. Well worth a visit if you can.
Written October 15, 2019
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Lyn_H20
Johannesburg, South Africa56 contributions
Friends
Truly beautiful golden domes on mount of olives that can be seen for many miles around. Well kept Russian Orthodox church with lovely gardens. Restricted visiting hours
Written January 9, 2019
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Ilzo A
Sao Paulo, SP1,682 contributions
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Russian Church of Maria Magdalena is where the great passion of the Kaiser, the great Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, is buried. She was a Hesse cousin who refused the Kaiser and married the Tsar's uncle. After his death, in an attempt, she renounced everything and founded an order. In the Revolution she was brutally killed and taken through China to this church in Jerusalem, which she had visited when she was consecrated, since it was dedicated to her mother-in-law (czarina Maria Alexandrovna) and who was also her great-aunt of the German family of Hesse.
In the same church consecrated to the Czarina Maria Alexandrovna, where is its nephew granddaughter and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Feodorovna also is buried the mother of Prince Phillip (husband of the queen Elizabeth) that was in turn niece of the Grand Duchess. I must add that this church is a dear place to Russians visiting Jerusalem And That the sisters and ladies that care for the church are REMARKABLY congenial and helpful , something not common in much others holy places .
Written September 11, 2018
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debrecen_10
Debrecen, Hungary846 contributions
Friends
We had the incredible luck to have a guided tour and the guide was Father Roman, who knows everything about this church, had the keys to every door, opened for us a cave that is normally locked and gave us permission to see the holy relics and even to take photos everywhere (The nuns were not so happy and told us that it is forbidden, but as he gave us permission - we were allowed to continue photographing...). The gardens are exquisite and very well kept.
Written August 20, 2018
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christychristy1
Toronto, Canada127 contributions
Couples
Lucky we were let into the grounds, as there is limited visiting hours. Be prepared to wear
head covering. Beautiful grounds. Lovely church.
Written November 15, 2017
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