The Biblical Garden of Gethsemane is located at the foot of Mount of Olives and at the End of the Palm Sunday Road in the Kidron Valley. The Garden is located just beside the Church for All Nations and this garden is popular in the Christian World as the setting of the Agony of the Garden where Jesus prayed after the Last Supper and was Betrayed by his Disciple Judas Iscariot. Today the ancient trees rise from manicured flower beds; in Jesus’ time this would have been an olive grove where an olive oil press (gethsemane in Greek) was located. It is under the custody of the Franciscans.
Opens: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
admission is free
Israel is the attraction for many people to see the land of the People of the Book - both Jews and Christians - walk where Jesus and experience the Bible opening up in front of them.
The Garden of Gethsemane is of course on the usual Bibilical trail - significant for Jesus last few hours before being accused and taken for crucifiction.
Ancient olive trees still stand here - looking very impressively gnarled but very much alive and cared for - with branches of green leaves present.
On the site, as in most or all biblical sites a church has been built, and Gethsemane is no different - a large but rather beautiful church has been constructed - I particularly liked the mosaics on the facade and the gnarled olive tree looking doors....
I guess that I imagined something with more grass and less trees ---larger too!
It's a fascinating place to visit, next to the Church of All Nations ---so you can combine the two!
This is the place where Jesus was betrayed and arrested.
Our guide told us that the olive trees were probably about 2000 years old. Wow. He also explained that many trees were destroyed by Romans soon after the death of Jesus. Still, they're really old.
Would I visit here again? Yes.
Opening: 08:30---11:30, 14:30---16:00
Recently revisited this church with our VT Jerusalem 2008 meet, so have placed some better photos, the previous had been taken in the 70's with a Kodak Instamatic....welcome to the digital age ^O^
Found this on the website attached:
After the Last Supper, Jesus came to a "place" called Gethsemane. Gethsemane (Gat Shamniem) derives from the Aramaic or Hebrew word for "oil press," the enormous, gnarled, and still-productive olive trees on the site may be older than Christianity itself, according to some botanists.
The Church of All Nations (Knesiat HaUomot in Hebrew) was built in the garden and dedicated in 1924. The church was previously known as the Basilica of the Agony named for the so-called Rock of the Agony at the altar, where Jesus is said to have endured his Passion.
You can walk the garden or visit the church, but the amazing olive trees are so old that they have been given "walking canes" (see them built under the branches) to help them in their old age.
This garden is enclosed within the walls of the Church of All Nations. It is where Jesus prayed on the night of his betrayal.
On the October day we visited people were harvesting olives from the ancient trees within the garden. These trees had huge trunks and looked the biggest and oldest I have seen. Who would know their age?
The Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos located in the Kedron Valley next to the Tomb of the Virgin.
You can watch my 2 min 33 sec HD Video Jerusalem Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos out of my Youtube channel.
Located off a busy road and constantly surrounded by tour buses and crowds the Garden of Gethsemane is a major tourist attraction, specifically for Christians. Regarded as the place where Jesus suffered for the sins of the world the Garden of Gethsemane draws tourists of all nationalities and backgrounds. For those who are drawn to here for religious reason know that it is constantly crowded and therefore difficult to get into any real reflective mood (at least for me it was) so try to get there as early as possible if your looking for some peace and solitude. My recommendation is to combine a visit to the Garden with a stroll up the Mount of Olives where you will be able to find some solitude and some incredible views of the Old City. The best way to get to the Garden of Gethsemane is through the Dung Gate and to the left towards the Mt. of Olives and from there you will see stairs leading down towards the Kidron Valley and there is a path that leads to the Garden. There is no admittance fee.
The garden Gethsemane lies at the foot of the Mount of Olives,within the Old City of Jerusalem. Located by the garden is the Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of the Agony.
The garden was the place,where according to Christian traditions, Jesus and his disciples retreated to pray after the Last Supper, the night before he was crucified .
The Aramaic word "Gat-Smane'" means oil-press, so this words seem to refer to olive-trees, planted around the area around that time.Also today some very old olive-trees are to be found in this holy garden.
Right next to the Church of All Nations is the Garden of Gethsemane, the place widely accepted as the spot where Jesus spent his last night in prayer and where he was arrested. What I found interesting is that there are a few olive trees within the fenced garden that date over 2000 years. They are among the oldest trees in the world...silent witnesses in a beautiful garden.
A few steps from the Garden of Gesthemane is a lovely little grotto church which is regarded as the grotto where Jesus sweated blood and lay prostrate as he began his passion. Franciscan friars operate the grotto and I can attest to how truly moving it is to enter it…the cave is cool due to the natural limestone, and it’s supposedly conserved the appearance it would have had during Christ’s time. It’s peaceful and quiet inside…not hard at all to imagine why Jesus would pick such a place to pray as he had on previous occasions as well, when visiting Jerusalem.
Some trivia: It is commonly believed that “Gethsemane” or “Gethsemani” is derived from the Hebrew 'Gatshemenie,' which roughly translates as “olive oil press”. You can see the representation of Jesus praying among the apostles, behind the main altar (there are three within the grotto church). On the left alter is the Assumption of the Virgin. (Of the photos I have here, the first shows the entrance to the cave grotto; another photo is a close up of the entrance where above it is a picture actually depicting the face of Jesus sweating blood; the third photo is the inside the grotto)
Early Christian pilgrims located the Garden of Gethsemane at the bottom of the slope of the Mt. of Olives opposite the Temple Mount. Byzantine, Crusader and a modern church were built successively on the site where it is believed that Jesus prayed to the Father hours before his crucifixion. Adjacent to the Church of All Nations is an ancient olive garden. Olive trees do not have rings and so their age can not be precisely determined, but scholars estimate their age to anywhere between one and two thousand years old. It is unlikely that these trees were here in the time of Christ because of the report that the Romans cut down all the trees in the area in their siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
Gethsemane (also spelled Gethsemani) was the garden where, according to the New Testament and Christian traditions, Jesus watched, prayed, and suffered for the sins of the world the night before he was crucified. According to Luke, Jesus' anguish in Gethsemane was so deep that "his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Gethsemane was also where Christ was betrayed by the disciple Judas Iscariot.
The garden identified as Gethsemane is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Located by the garden is the Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of the Agony. The ancient church was destroyed by the Sassanids in 614. The church rebuilt on the site by the Crusaders was finally razed, probably in 1219. Also on the Mount of Olives is the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene with its distinct golden, onion-shaped domes (Byzantine/Russian Style). It was built by Russian Tsar Alexander III in memory of his mother.
This is an important place for christian pilgrims because of the fact that is the place where Jesus prayed his last prayer before the romans took him to the crucifixion .
The Church of all nations is located here.
The word "Gethsemane" is from the hebrew words "Gat Shmanim" which is the place where they made oil from olives.
There are a lot of old olive trees.
Gethsemane is the famous spot at the feet of the Mount of Olives where Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iskariot. The Garden can be visited, there are some olive trees that are said to have witnessed the scene, they are more than 2000 years old.
Mount Olives is full with Christian sites and this is one of the firsts. The garden is beautiful, even if you are not interested in the religious significance. The olive trees here date back 2000 years ago, to the days of Jesus.