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“Definite artistic value”

Tomb of the Virgin Mary
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Full Day Jerusalem Tour: In Jesus' Steps
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“Definite artistic value”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

I am surprised that Mary's Tomb (Church of the Assumption) gets so easily overlooked... Located outside the Lion's gate, near the Gethsemane Basilica of Agony, gets missed by the rush of tourists who want to see "the highlights" of the city. Whether you attribute this specific place to the actual tomb or not, the church has some nice icons (from artistic perspective), and I absolutely loved descending the gray staircase to be greeted by the transition of older grey icons to the newer brighter ones, which resonated with me on a higher level than just the physical.

When I was there, I was impressed when I saw Ethiopian worshippers, dressed in all white, who removed their shoes prior to entering the church. It was a breath of authenticity upon leaving the Old City.

Visited February 2014
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Descend into the location where it is believed to be the burial place of Mary, mother of Jesus.

Light a candle and have some quiet moments in the underground church.

Visited June 2014
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