The Garden of Gethsemane

This is the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane.  The word Gethsemane means ”oil press” and there are twenty-three very old olive trees here. The oldest tree in the garden has been carbon dated to 1092, a date almost coincidental to the first of the Crusades.

We walked the paths between the trees, again feeling the significance of this space and place where olive orchards stood through the centuries. There is a cave nearby that we later visited where the apostles supposedly slept. The site here matches the descriptions in the Bible pretty well.

Here is the view towards the Old City and Temple Mount.

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