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    Mount of Olives, Necropolis

    November 27, 2019 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    From the Mount of Olives we walk down to the Garden of Getsemani, where Jesus was arrested by the guards of Kaifas.

    Before reaching it, we stop at an intermediate level where we see a necropolis with Christian and Jewish tombs dating back to the I-II centuries. Back in the days, the bodies of the dead were covered in oil and then put in a hole in the rock, where they were left until the bones would be clean and could be put in an ossuary. When Jesus died, he had no tomb ready and his corpse was therefore put in the grave of Joseph of Arimatea, which hadn't been used yet.

    We walk through the area until we reach a terrace offering an amazing view of the Old City of Jerusalem and revealing an immense graveyard below us. Back in the days, the mount was covered with olive trees (hence the name!) while today it's basically a burial ground.
    This place really has something special...
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