Of all the places that we visited while in Israel, I felt the greatest connection to the Garden of Gethsemane, second only to the Jordan River. Perhaps it was because of the very old and beautiful olive trees, or the incredibly peaceful nature in the garden, or the knowledge that Jesus was found in this area many times praying, and especially on his last night...or perhaps, because you can see across the valley to the Golden Gate of Jerusalem, and know you are viewing much of the same thing he did. Whatever the reason, this place is a lovely place to visit, and for those who are religious, to reflect. The Church that is built at the site has a large stone shrine inside that "tradition has" is the spot where Jesus prayed--it is also a nice place to see. Brush up on your biblical history for an enhanced visit to the Garden and the Mount of Olives!
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