Day Twenty-Seven, March 27th, 2012

April 18, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I didn't have much time to photograph today so I just went to the Mount of Olives and visited the Dominus Flevit Church.

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 walking 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. (Luke 19:37-42)

 

The cross in front and the church behind surround the Islam "dome of the rock" that is situated on what was the Temple Mount and the traditional place where Abraham offered up Isaac.  The rock inside is where Muslims say Muhammad was taken up in heaven by Gabrial and where the Jews say the Holy of Holies was.

From this church you get one of the most spectacular views of the Old City of Jerusalem.

 

The church off in the distance is The Church of Dormition.  This grand German Benedictine Abbey is located on top of Mount Zion, commemorating the memory of Virgin Mary, in the traditional site of her death.

 

As you leave the Church of Domius Flevit you see hundreds of Jewish graves facing the Temple Mount 

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