Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem

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    Cenaculum (Last Supper)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 11, 2013
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    the biblical site of the Last Supper (known as the Cenaculum or Upper Room in latin) is located at the Dormition Abbey Compound in Mount Zion and part of the room is actually a mosque with a partially defaced mihrab inside the room. The Room is large and is divided into six rib-vaulted bays. The bays are supported by three freestanding columns which bilaterally divide the space, as well as six pillars flanking the side walls and the design is Byzantine in origin and is where Jesus Christ had the last supper with his apostles and did the ceremonial washing of feet, and where the apostle gathered during the ascension of Jesus. The lower room is King David's Tomb.

    Opens: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday

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    Virgin Mary's Crypt

    by machomikemd Written Oct 10, 2013
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    this will be my pictures of the Virgin Mary's Crypt below the church where a recumbent statue of Mary lies asleep (see my videos too).

    Dormition Abbey is the defining landmark of mount zion due to it's tall and dominating Archictecture. The Present Day Church was built on the remains of the Haga Mario Sion Byzantine Abbey and crusader church and the present Church was built on land donated by germany in 1910. This is the bilical site where Virgin Mary Died (or slept) hence the other name, Basilica of the Assumption. The Abbey is a few steps away from the Pope Road and is composed of the ground floor church and the lower level is a crypt where Virgin Mary lay when she died and there are replica statues here. Also part of the complex is the last supper and King David's Tomb and a coffee shop for tourists.The current church and Monastery, owned by the German Benedictine Order

    opens: Sundays: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Workdays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    admission is free

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    Formerly the Haga Maria Sion Abbey

    by machomikemd Written Oct 10, 2013
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    Dormition Abbey is the defining landmark of mount zion due to it's tall and dominating Archictecture. The Present Day Church was built on the remains of the Haga Mario Sion Byzantine Abbey and crusader church and the present Church was built on land donated by germany in 1910. This is the bilical site where Virgin Mary Died (or slept) hence the other name, Basilica of the Assumption. The Abbey is a few steps away from the Pope Road and is composed of the ground floor church and the lower level is a crypt where Virgin Mary lay when she died and there are replica statues here. Also part of the complex is the last supper and King David's Tomb and a coffee shop for tourists.The current church and Monastery, owned by the German Benedictine Order

    opens: Sundays: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Workdays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    admission is free

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    Dormition Abbey

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 20, 2012

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    The present day Dormition Abbey was built by German Benedicts in the early 20th century (1901-10) following the Ottomans presenting the land to their German allies and celebrating the visit by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1898.

    The site is regarded by Catholics as the place of the death and ascendancy by the Virgin Mary and as a result has been the location for a number of churches, including the Hagia Sion built by the Byzantines.

    The Arab conquest in the 7th century saw the site remain in ruins for 500 years before the Crusaders rebuilt many of the structures on Mount Zion, but further Muslim conquests saw further destruction. In its ruinous state, it was left outside the building of the walls in the 16th century.

    Today the modern structure contains the floor mosaic from the Byzantine church, with its full name – Dormitio Beatae Mariae Virginis (The Sleep of the Virgin Mary) celebrating its believed importance. The relatively austere interior (for a catholic chapel) is decorated with wall mosaics and below, in the crypt, is the tomb dedicated to Mary.

    The Abbey frequently hosts chamber music and choral concerts.

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    Dormition Abby - 2

    by jadedmuse Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    Downstairs is a crypt representing the site where the Holy Mother Mary died - or fell into an eternal sleep (hence the name "Dormition"). All around the crypt are donated "chapels" from different nations, and the floor is decorated with names of saints and zodiac signs. It's kind of creepy, kind of cool...

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    Dormition Abby

    by jadedmuse Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    Located on Mt. Zion which is just outside Zion Gate (Old City). The first time I entered the Abby, the nuns didn't permit any photos to be taken. It was much more lax this last time - then again, we were the only ones there (December 2004). The church is located on the first floor and is worth a quick peek - but the main attraction awaits you downstairs. Note: if you have an itch to spend money, keep in mind the gift shop here is expensive - more so than any of the other religious gift shops I'd patronized. Also, be prepared to pay to use the bathroom (toilets) here!

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    Dormition Abbey

    by FruitLover Updated Jan 26, 2008

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    The German- Catholic church & monastery of Dormition in Mount Zion was inaugurated on 1910 in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm II, and is one of the most magnificient buildings in the city.

    It's similar by style to overlooking the Rhine river Worms Cathedral .

    The architecture is a combination of western styles, especially the Romanesque & Jugendstil , with oriental elements like stones' domes and arches.

    The diameter of the rotonda is 14.5m, and the height of 34m gives a feeling of large space.

    The last Supper Hall, The Sleeping Virgin, King David's Tomb are here.

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    Dormition Abbey

    by Sharon Updated May 25, 2005

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    According to the tradition Virgin Mary fell into eternal sleep on Mount Zion at this site.
    A Franciscans built a chapel over that site in the 14th century and It was erected in 1910 by the Emperor Wilhelm the II. It definitely has a look of a medieval fortress...

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    The Dormition Complex

    by Bregman Written Apr 22, 2005

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    Right in the entrance to the old city, next to Zion Gate, you will find the Dormition Abbey complex. Even though the complex is outside the walls it is still considered an integral part of the old city. The abbey's interior is quite modern and not that impressive, it is much nicer on the outside. This is where Marry, Jesu's mother slept her final sleep (whence the name Dormition, meaning sleep). Right next to the abbey there are two historical (or mythological, some would say...) sites. the tomb of King David and right above it, the Last Supper Hall.

    The abbey houses recitals of classical music, especially organ music

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    Dormition Abbey: Where Mary Slept

    by gilabrand Written Oct 18, 2004

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    The Church of the Dormition (“Dormi-tzion” in Hebrew) on Mt. Zion is built over the spot where according to Christian tradition, the Virgin Mary fell into an eternal sleep (dormitio = sleep). The Turks presented the land to the German emperor Wilhelm in 1898, and in 1906, the German Benedictines built a church on it in the style of a medieval German fortress. All you need is a moat. There is no way you can miss this building: It juts up prominently on the Old City skyline, above the ancient walls, with a kind of helmet-shaped roof. Next to it is a high bell-tower.

    The Benedictines recently renamed the church “Hagia Maria Sion” in an effort to reconnect with its Byzantine past. Like most of the religious sites in Jerusalem, it is probably built on ancient ruins. The main chapel is arranged around a circular mosaic on the floor featuring signs of the Zodiac, names of saints and prophets, and a verse from the Book of Proverbs (8:23). Don’t stop here. Go down to the subterranean crypt to see a life-sized statue of Mary on her deathbed (see next tip).

    Every two years, the church gives a prize – the Mt. Zion Award – to people who have made a contribution to Christian-Muslim-Jewish dialogue.

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    Dormition Abbey

    by visitpalestine Written Sep 12, 2013

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    Built between 1901 – 1910 by the Benedictine Fathers, the Church of Dormition also known as the Dormition Abbey is one of Jerusalem most prominent landmarks.

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