Mount of Olives

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  • Day19


    February 25, 2019 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Unzählige Stufen führten uns dann auf den vom Tempelberg gegenüber liegenden Ölberg. Oben erwartete uns neben der schönen Aussicht auf den Felsendom auch massenhaft Touristen die mittlerweile mit dutzenden Bussen hier hoch gebracht wurden. Relativ schnell ergriffen wir die Flucht und nahmen den Weg über den jüdischen Friedhof und vorbei an den Gräbern der Propheten, nach unten.Read more

  • Day18

    Mount of Olives

    May 24, 2015 in Palestine ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Our travels yesterday included a stop at Mt. Scopus and a good look at a first century tomb as Jesus would have been buried in. We took long, winding walk down the Mount of Olives. With thousands of other tourists and pilgrims, vendors and swindlers (not to mention “Jerusalem Taxi” camels), we stopped at the holy sites on the hill including the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane (Church of the Nations), and the church where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. We then headed south from Jerusalem to the egotistical Herodium. We spent the afternoon at the traditional site of the Shepherds Field and then on to Bethlehem to finish the day.

    There were so many lessons wrapped up in our travels today. Seeing the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives broke down many pre-conceived ideas I had about the city; the most prominent of which is that Jerusalem isn't really on a hill. More like down in a ditch. I was always taught that it was a “city on a hill...” which is true if you’re coming to Jerusalem from fifty miles out. It is a truth for travelers.

    But once you get here, Jerusalem is down in a valley with mountains rising on almost every side. It’s not the lowest thing around, but it comes close. The entire two mile long ridge of Mount of Olives looks down on the city. It begs the question why David chose this spot for the capital city and eventually the Holy Temple of God. It seems to many who visit that the lower elevation would compromise the perception of divine credibility. “What kind of god lives in a hole?”

    I read Isaiah 2:2. “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills.” And I am reminded once again that God’s got a plan, and once again, it’s the very thing we don’t expect.

    I am learning that place participates with struggle. Let me explain that. As Jesus agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane over his impending death (which included not just extreme physical pain, but an encounter with the full-on wrath of God), the Judean Wilderness was right there. Within a half-day walk, Jesus could flee His purpose and be lost in the crags and canyons of the wild just to the East of the garden. From the Mount of Olives, Jesus could see a way out. This moment might be the closest we come to losing our salvation. He is on the cusp of walking away.

    We learned (an advantage to walking this land) that often in the Bible when someone walks to the east, bad things happen. Adam and Eve are cast to the East, the Tower of Babel is to the East, David flees to the East…

    So that night, even though he seemed ready to walk east, Jesus went west to Jerusalem and the cross.

    Standing in the olive trees, I could feel a tiny corner of His temptation to flee. It worried me and made me glad the fate of the world was not resting on these broken shoulders.
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  • Day10

    Domius Flevit

    December 15, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    We then ventured down the path that Jesus followed on Palm Sunday to the Domius Flevit. This church was built on the location where Jesus wept for Jerusalem and prophecied its destruction. It had beautiful views of the old city of Jerusalem especially the Dome of the Rock.Read more

  • Day10

    Pater Noster

    December 15, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    Today we began by visiting the Church of the Ascension. This is the highest point in Jerusalem and is where Jesus ascended in to heaven. The church is also the place with they celebrate the “Our Father”. Around the walls is the “Our Father” written in over 162 languages.Read more

  • Day20

    Jerusalem - Tag 3

    September 14, 2019 in Palestine ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C


    Am gestrigen Tag stand aufgrund des Shabbats eigentlich nicht viel auf dem Plan. Wir wollten und das Regierungsviertel sowie den Mount of Olives anschauen.

    Ja gut, am Ende des Tages hatten wir unseren Schrittrekord für den ganzen Urlaub gebrochen  und sind mit glühenden Füßen ins Bett.

    Aber der Reihe nach...

    Das Regierungsviertel war recht unspektakulär, es ist eingebettet in einen größeren Park namens Wohl Rose Garden, außerdem haben wir das "Menora" entdeckt, welches ein bedeutendes Symbol der jüdischen Religion darstellt (siebenarmiger Leuchter). Nach kurzem Rückweg ins Hotel haben wir uns die Wanderschuhe übergestreift.

    Da wir spontan zum Sonnenuntergang auf dem Mount of Olives sein wollten, hieß es nun flinke Füße. Im Halbsprint sind wir durch die Old City gesprescht und pünktlich auf der Spitze angekommen. Sonnenuntergang? Pustekuchen! Wir haben die einzige Wolke erwischt, die es in Israel die letzten Tage zu bestaunen gab. Die Aussicht war dennoch toll und uns wurde bewusst wie groß die Old City doch ist.

    Liebe Grüße
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  • Day8

    Mount of Olives

    October 12, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Most of us get up early, to go on our day tour. We have a quick pass through Jaffa, the ancient port where Tel Aviv is, before heading eastward.

    We first visit the Mount of Olives to get an overview across the valley to the old city of Jerusalem, within it's city walls.Read more

  • Day6

    Ölberg - Pater Noster Kirche

    December 31, 2018 in Palestine ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Danach geht’s weiter auf den Ölberg. Unser erster Stopp dort ist die Pater Noster Kirche, die an der Stelle steht, an der das „Vater unser“ seinen Ursprung hat. Sämtliche Wände sind mit dem Text des „Vater unser“ in unzähligen verschiedenen Sprachen geschmückt.Read more

  • Day7

    Mount of Olives, Lookout Point

    November 27, 2019 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After leaving the Israeli Museum, we drive all the way up the Mount of Olives, just outside of Jerusalem. From the top, we enjoy a breath-taking view of the whole city, dominated by the golden Dome of the Rock.

    According to the Gospel, on Palm Sunday Jesus took a donkey on the mount of Olives and walked through the golden gate of Jerusalem, greeted by local people with palm branches. On Thursday the following week he had the Last Supper with his apostoles and then went to Garden of Getsemani, where he asked his apostoles to pray with him. Instead, they all fell asleep.

    A few hours later, the guards of Kaifas (the highest Jewish priest) arrested Jesus and brought him to Kaifas's House. It's here that Peter denied three time of knowing Jesus. As the Jews were not allowed to condemn anybody to death, that's why they brought Jesus to the Palace of Pontius Pilatus, who gave his permission to crucify him. Crucifucation took place on Mount Golgota.

    From the terrace we realise how immense the area once hosting the old temple is: the whole plateau built by Herod and surrounded by 4 huge walls (one of which is the Western Wall) represents the major complex in the whole city.
    According to Jewish tradition, the first temple was destroyed by Babylonians in the 6th century b.C. On the same site, a second temple was built in 516 b.C. and then destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. after the Great Rebellion. Since then, no other Jewish temple was erected and in 696 the Dome of the Rock was built.
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  • Day7

    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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Mount of Olives, Ölberg, جبل الزيتون, Zeytun dağı, Елеонски хълм, Mont de les Oliveres, Olivová hora, Oliebjerget, Όρος των Ελαιών, Olivarba monto, Monte de los Olivos, Olibetako mendia, کوه زیتون, Öljymäki, Mont des Oliviers, Cnoc na nOlóg, Maslinova gora, הר הזיתים, Maslinska gora, Ձիթենյաց լեռ, Bukit Zaitun, Monte degli Ulivi, オリーブ山, 올리브 산, Ar Azeitim, Маслинова Гора, Olijfberg, Oljeberget, Mont dels Olius, Góra Oliwna, زیتون دا پعاڑ, Monte das Oliveiras, Muntele Măslinilor, Елеонская гора, Olivový vrch, Oljska gora, Маслинова гора, Olivberget, ஒலிவ மலை, Bundok ng mga Olibo, Zeytindağı, Оливкова гора, جبل زیتون, Núi Ôliu, 橄榄山