The Garden of Gethsemane


  An ancient place, with olive trees that looked as if they could have been around for a thousand years or so. With the wall of Jerusalem high up on a hill opposite, it certainly brought to life those paintings of the Agony in the Garden.  Of all the places in the Passion story that we visited, this seemed to us to be the most convincing, although inevitably  three other sites for the Biblical Gethsemane have been proposed.



Giovanni Bellini. National Gallery, London



  As with so many other sites, a church was built here, this time in the early 1920s. The 'Basilica of the Agony'. Rather grandiose from the outside, and we did wonder if it would have been better just left as a garden. However, the interior was very fine.




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On to the Via Dolorosa