The Room of the Last Supper & Garden of Gethsemane

For Maunday Thursday, I decided to post two pictures of relevant sites from this day that I saw while in Jerusalem last May. Above this the Coeneculum, or Room of the Last Supper. This Crusader-era room (1200s A.D.) is reported to be on the site where Jesus and his disciples shared the Last Supper. It is located on Mount Zion, near the Dormition Abbey and right above the “Tomb of David” on Mount Zion, right outside the walls of the Old City. As with many sites in the Holy City, the exact location is speculative, but this site is considered sacred to many Christian denominations.

The second site is the Garden of Gethsemane. This site is much less refuted, most scholars accept that the current site is the same one that Jesus prayed and wept in, and was also betrayed in. I was told that the olive trees currently growing in the garden were over 2,000 years old. The garden lies right at the base of the Mount of Olives. My dad said that it was his favorite site in the Holy Land on their 2005 visit. His recollection was of a peaceful place where their tour group was able to hold a quiet and reflective devotion. It wasn’t so peaceful on my visit, but it was impossible to miss the immense spiritual power of this place.

Tomorrow I’ll have a photo essay on the Stations of the Cross, and starting May 5th, I’ll be posting an article each day (through May 30th) marking the one year anniversary of the Israel trip.

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