Christian travelers to the Holy Land will often visit the Church of All Nations and its associated garden and/or the Grotto of Gethsemane that is located to the north of it. Both are associated with Jesus’ experience in the Garden on the night that he was betrayed.
However, there is a third grotto that is located on the grounds of The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene where it is said that Jesus prayed on the night that he was betrayed. Unfortunately the church compound is only open for visits for 4 hours each week, but its glistening golden domes are a familiar landmark on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. It is a (white) Russian Orthodox Church built by the Czar Alexander III in 1888. The church was dedicated to Alexander’s mother, Maria, but is named after Saint Mary Magdalene who was a follower of Jesus and is associated with anointing his body. She was at the foot of the cross (John 19:25), and Jesus first appeared to her after his resurrection (John 20:1).
Although not frequently visited by Christian Pilgrims it is believed by some that Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, prayed in this cave on the night that he was betrayed.
In addition to the icons, note the ossuary on the right side of the image.
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