Around The Old City Of Jerusalem

The Church of All Nations Jerusalem

We already visited the Old City. In that post, we were in “The Big Three,” which are the Western Wall, Church Of The Holy Sepulchre, and Dome Of The Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque. We also toured at additional places inside the Old City. Today we will be visiting different places Around The Old City.


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To The South Of The Old City – Mount Zion

Mount Zion guide starts with basics, like map, directions, Mount Zion in the Bible, and then goes through the landmarks. And afterward tours the most iconic landmarks, including King David’s Tomb, The Cenacle – Room of the Last Supper, and Dormition Abbey.

To The East Of The Old City – Mount Of Olives

Map of the area:

The Church of All Nations

Let’s burn some extra calories and head to The Church of All Nations.

The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest.

Source: Wikipedia

You can see it at the bottom of this picture and the Church of Mary Magdalene is on top:
The Church of All Nations
Interior of Church of All Nations:
The Church of All Nations


Church of All Nations is located next to the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane is “Gat Shmanim” in Hebrew, which means “oil press”. In this urban garden, Jesus slept the night before the crucifixion. These olive trees are big, you can easily believe they are 2,000 years old.
Garden of Gethsemane

Tomb of the Virgin

Tomb of the Virgin is located not far from the Garden of Gethsemane.

The entrance:Tomb of the Virgin Mary

Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary, also Tomb of the Virgin Mary, is a Christian tomb in the Kidron Valley – at the foot of Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem – believed by Eastern Christians to be the burial place of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Status Quo, a 250-year old understanding between religious communities, applies to the site.

Source: Wikipedia

Inside:Tomb of the Virgin Mary Tomb of the Virgin Mary

Dominus Flevit Church

A little higher on Mount of Olives, you can find the Dominus Flevit Church.

View from inside of Dominus Flevit Church:Dominus Flevit Church

Dominus Flevit is a Roman Catholic church on the Mount of Olives, opposite the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The church was designed and constructed between 1953 and 1955 by the Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi and is held in trust by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. During construction of the sanctuary, archaeologists uncovered artifacts dating back to the Canaanite period, as well as tombs from the Second Temple and Byzantine eras.

Dominus Flevit, which translates from Latin as “The Lord Wept,” was fashioned in the shape of a teardrop to symbolize the tears of Christ. Here, according to the 19th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus, while riding toward the city of Jerusalem, becomes overwhelmed by the beauty of the Second Temple and predicting its future destruction, and the diaspora of the Jewish people weeps openly.

Source: Wikipedia

Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery

The ancient and most important cemetery in Jerusalem is on the Mount of Olives. The Mount was used as the burial ground of the Jews of Jerusalem from as far back as the days of the First Temple and continues to fulfill this function to the present day. During the First and Second Temple Periods the Jews of Jerusalem were buried in burial caves scattered on the slopes of the Mount, and from the 16th century, the cemetery began to take its present shape.

Source: Official Site
Around The Old City - Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery

A shot of Silwan neighborhood on the way back to the car.Silvan neighbourhood

To The West Of The Old City – Mishkenot Sha’ananim

Map of the area:

Another interesting place close to the Old City is the Mishkenot Sha’ananim neighborhood.

Mishkenot Sha’ananim is the first Jewish neighborhood built outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, on a hill directly across from Mount Zion. Built in 1860, it was the first area of Jewish settlement in Jerusalem outside the Old City walls and was one of the first structures to be built outside the Old City of Jerusalem…

Source: Wikipedia

View of Mount Zion from Mishkenot Sha’ananim:Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem

The Montefiore Windmill:The Montefiore Windmill

The Montefiore Windmill is a landmark windmill in Jerusalem, Israel. Designed as a flour mill, it was built in 1857 on a slope opposite the western city walls of Jerusalem, where three years later the new Jewish neighborhood of Mishkenot Sha’ananim was erected, both by the efforts of a British Jewish banker and philanthropist Moses Montefiore. Jerusalem at the time was part of Ottoman-ruled Palestine. Today the windmill serves as a small museum dedicated to the achievements of Montefiore. It was restored in 2012 with a new cap and sails in the style of the originals. The mill can turn in the wind.

Source: Wikipedia


There are many interesting places around The Old City. We have visited some of them, but there are more. If you have the time, then I would recommend it. Visiting places like the Cenacle, makes you feel like walking in history.

What are your favorite places around The Old City? Let us know in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

For additional points of interest nearby check out Jerusalem page. 

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