Garden of Gethsemane
Garden of Gethsemane
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Located outside the walls of Jerusalem, this beautiful garden among a grove of olive trees is thought to be the place where Jesus particularly enjoyed prayer and contemplation.
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  • Paul A
    Pretoria, South Africa5 contributions
    Walking tour from Gethsemane to the Old City
    I have been to Gethsemane many times with yours and have approached this leg of the tour the same way. Tour bus drop off at Mount of Olives, walk to Gethsemane and pick up again before being dropped at some other destination such as the David City. This time we did Northern Rampart walk to Damascus gate and around the wall to Gethsemane , being cognisant of the busy traffic. We spent time in the gardens and churches before walking the broad promenade to the dung gate for entrance to the Western Wall. This slow walk was special as it it gave us the time to reflect on what we had just witnessed and to see the Kidron valley in more detail than if we had driven it. If you have the time I would suggest the walk.
    Visited December 2019
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 January 2020
  • Linda Y
    Frisco, Texas5,659 contributions
    Betrayed with a kiss
    Sitting outside the city walls of Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of Mount of Olives is a sacred destination for Christian pilgrims. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John describe how Jesus often visited the garden to pray. It was here that Jesus prayed in agony the night before His crucifixion, and where He was arrested after Judas betrayed Him with a kiss. Today’s garden has been under Franciscan control since 1681. It’s peaceful (despite the crowds at the neighboring Church of All Nations) and home to some of the world’s oldest olive trees. Protected by a railing, the trees may even date to the time of Jesus! Our church group celebrated Mass in one of the outdoor chapels. It was beautiful and yet sobering to worship here, a site of agony and betrayal and yet a place of powerful prayer.
    Visited January 2020
    Written 7 March 2020
  • Cimmerianbloke
    Rixensart, Belgium489 contributions
    Gardens of the Bible
    The Gardens themselves are relatively small and unimpressive, and unacessible, they are fenced to prevent tourists to stroll amongst the trees. The olive trees themselves are absolutely amazing, and the meaning of the place to Christians makes it a very special place to visit. The access is very easy from the Old City, it is free but can be packed with visiting groups and tour busses. From the Gardens, you can walk up alongside the hill to hace a wonderful view of the Jerusalem remparts.
    Visited May 2022
    Written 5 June 2022
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Siana A
London, UK31 contributions
May 2023 • Business
I was delightful and a very nice atmosphere very organized . Israel is very responsive to here as there were so many but was able to get a good view of the site
Written 28 July 2023
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Busylady21
West Allis, WI170 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
This was a historic site where I could imagine myself at the scene. We spent almost an hour praying and contemplating. Our tour group had the space to ourselves, so we were able to have private time in the garden away from other visitors.
Written 20 July 2023
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Laura R
Guttenberg, NJ287 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
This is a small garden attached to the Church of All Nations. If you walk around it, it only takes minutes. But, you can sit and contemplate where you are and what has happened here. It is serene.
Written 1 July 2023
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rafaelrabello
Campinas, SP154 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
It is a holy place, the place that Jesus was betrayed by Judas. Very peaceful right besides of Church of All Nations.
It worths a visit, it is composed of eight centuries-old olive trees
Written 1 July 2023
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Rob M
Cheyenne, WY7,583 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Beautiful and well maintained. Parking can be challenging. However, this is a small, peaceful location that doesn't take long to see, yet it has a significant meaning.
Written 12 April 2023
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Brenda S
Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This place is what you make of it. If you do not understand it's Christian significance it is just a walled garden with a few olive trees. There is no shade as such and I didn't see a place to sit but the Church next door is a wonderful space to complete any contemplation / prayer. It is free to visit and gives the visitor a unique understanding of its location to the city.
Written 1 April 2023
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ScenicSights
Wauwatosa, WI762 contributions
Mar 2023
It's like a small pocket park with lots of incredibly old olive trees. You can walk around it really quickly and the Basilica is next door. Quite lovely though crowded.
Written 19 March 2023
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SmartTraveler
Muar, Malaysia658 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Gethsemane was a favourite location of Jesus and the disciples at the fringe of Mount Olive. They gathered in solace with a rural ambiance. The roads to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, and Bethany were also nearby. Judas Iscariot identified Jesus with a kiss for the Temple guards and Roman soldiers here. He was arrested and brought to High Priest Caiaphas in Sanhedrin.

These silent olive trees bore witness to the passion and agony of Jesus on the night of betrayal. We were told they remained untouched and carbon dated to 2 millenniums ago. There are 4 churches in the vicinity of Gethsemane. We are inside the Church of All Nations, built over the "Rock of the Agony".

Written 14 March 2023
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WorldTravellerSoon
Canada351 contributions
Feb 2023
Garden of Gethsemane is a peaceful and calm place and full of historical and religious implications. Thinking of Jesus once prayed there 2000 years ago makes the place special.
Written 8 March 2023
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krys_k
London, UK701 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Arrived at dusk, during magic hour. The blue haze illuminating the walls of the old city above. Enclosed behind its own wall, the garden that played such a key part in the Messiah’s story…only to find it closed. But a lovely priest let us in for a few breaths and we had a brief moment with perhaps not the tree, but their roots that heard the whispered conversation between Jesus and his betrayer.
Written 18 February 2023
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