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“A beautiful church.”

Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Located on the Mount of Olives, this beautiful church was first built by the Byzantines in 379 and rebuilt between 1919 and 1924, whose construction was financed from contributions made by many countries.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“A beautiful church.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

This beautiful Byzantine style Catholic church dates back to the early 1920's.
It was built using donation which came from all around the world (thus the church's name).
The church features a wonderful façade and an impressive interior with a stunning sky-like ceiling.
In order to be able to quietly reflect in this important Christian site, make sure to arrive early, as the place is usually packed with tourists and pilgrims all day long.
Next to the church lies the garden of Gethsemane.

Visited June 2013
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“A Pretty Church - but too many people for it to be a place of reflection.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

The Basilica of Agony or the Church of all Nations is a Franciscan church built in 1924 by donations from sixteen nations. It is situated on the east bank of valley Kidron at the foothill of Mount of Olives. Beside the church is the Garden of Gethsemane. The front of the church is covered by a large mosaic picture. According to the New Testament, this place was the site where Jesus had his last prayer before he was betrayed and arrested by the Romans. Inside the church is the Rock of Agony considered by tradition to be the rock where Jesus prayed before his execution. It could be a spiritual place except for the crowds of people everywhere. Because of the numbers of people it was just another interesting church to see.

Visited October 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

Beautiful Church, next to Garden of Gethsemane. It is a very spiritual place. The Church is predominantly purple in colour inside, supposedly to reflect the agony of Christ. And it feels a very sad place. The art shows Jesus sitting on a rock praying, and right below is the exposed rock, inside the Church. A lovely place to go after Gethsemane, and a nice place for some quiet reflection. Like all the sites in Jerusalem, the earlier you get there, the better.

Visited September 2013
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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“The name says it all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

It's a spiritual prayer place for everyone of every nation.Not only for the Roman Catholics.A lot of different countries have contributed to building this magnificent church for one reason: To give people of different backgrounds a common prayer place.
Bult on a rock it's specially decorated. Starting from the façade with the Corinthian pillars, the mosaic on its top, is quite modern and amazing. The black wrought iron gates are carefully designed too.The entrance bronze door represents the Tree of Life.
The interior is stunning especially the central dome and the apses. Dark blue with gold give the church an imperial air.
Always very crowded due to its importance.The groups come one after another and you must wait a little bit before entering as the Church isn't enough big for so many people at the same time. But it's worth it.
Behind it you can't miss the Garden of Gethsemane, with its old olive grove.

Visited May 2013
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“Over Crowded”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

I'm giving this a 2/5 for my personal experience there. We were there as part of a church group on a Saturday morning. I'm not sure that I've ever been so sardined in with so many people in my life. It felt like you were in a mosh pit at a rock concert and didn't at all feel like you were at a Holy place. They need to do something about crown control there both inside and outside the church. The Syrian Orthodox Indians that were there were extremely pushy and stole a water bottle off my backpack. It was so stressful just getting into the entry of the church that we all together forgot that there was a rock inside and couldn't wait to leave the place.

Visited April 2013
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