This place was a wonderful surprise. The gardens are beautiful and incredibly relaxing.
The church itself is shaped in the form of a cross with the head of the cross being a recreation of Jesus tomb.
The main floor and the upstairs portions of the church can be discovered on your own.
To see the "downstairs" a tour guide is required. Don't fret, tours are about 30 minutes and worth the time. The guide had a lot of interesting information about the Monastery. NO, you do not have to be Catholic or religious to find something interesting about this place.
The "downstairs" is a replication of a small part of the Roman catacombs and a few shrine replications found in Israel.
The day we visited we toured with 40 Catholic boys from an all boys school in NY. In each main area they stopped to sing and pray. It made it a very different experience vs. if we had been in a regular tour group.
I am not sure I would go as far to say it is a "Must Do" for everyone, but I will say it is a nice break from the city rush. If you are Catholic or interested in religion in general, I definitely think you will enjoy the tour.
If you are going to take the metro - bring snacks and water. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from the metro. - Travelationship.com
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