Basilica of Agony, Also Known As The Church of All Nations

The Basilica of Agony, also known as The Church of all Nations, is a beautiful church that is located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem right next to the Gethsemane Garden. The church was completed in 1924 using money donated by 12 different countries – thus the name The Church of all Nations.

As you can see from the picture above, The front of the church, which faces the temple mount, is covered by a large mosaic picture. The mosaic depicts the story of Gethsemane, showing Jesus in the center weeping over the future fate of Jerusalem - the destruction of the city by the Romans (which happened 40 years after this point in history) .

The church was designed by a famous Italian architect, Antonio Barluzzi, who also designed the basilica of Beatitudes and the closer Dominus Flevit. The church was actually built on the same location as two earlier churches – a 4th century Byzantine church and a 12th century Crusaders church. The modern church was based on the Crusaders church, and some of its remains were embedded into the modern basilica.

Of particular interest to Christians is that inside this Catholic Church you will find a large stone slab on which Jesus is supposed to have prayed on the night before his arrest.

In addition to the amazing architecture and history of the church, you will also find eight olive trees in the adjoining garden, which are very old and beautiful.

So as you can see from the pictures above this church is quite unique and beautiful and carries with it some great history.

Most people who visit Jerusalem visit the Mount of Olives – so while you're there be sure to check out the Basilica of Agony too.

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