Dominus Flevit:
When Jesus Cried - A Teardrop Shaped Church

dominus flevit

Dominus Flevit is not the name of the latest delivery pizza… Actually, it is a small Catholic church situated on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

The name in Latin means “The Lord Cried” – this refers to Jesus, who wept while looking at the Second Temple after predicting its destruction. The destruction of the temple would be followed by the Jewish exile by the Romans.

The church is relatively new and was built in the mid 1950’s by Antonio Barluzzi – an Italian architect, who also designed other new 20th century churches in Jerusalem such as the Basilica of Agony (also known as the Church of all Nations).

The church was designed in the shape of a tear drop to symbolize the occasion of Christ crying over Jerusalem.

Here is a map showing the church's location relative to the Temple Mount:

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And as you can see in the map above, Dominus Flevit is actually in walking distance to a number of other historic churches. The Church of Gethsemane, where Jesus is supposed to have spent the last night before his crucifixion, and after having the Last Supper, is to the north-west.

While building the church archeologists found objects from as early as the Canaanite period (some 4,000 years ago or more), and also tombs from the time of Jesus and from the Byzantine period. 

While in the church you will be able to see mosaics that were discovered during the construction and belonged to a 5th century Byzantine monastery. 

Mass in Dominus Flevit Chapel
Mass in Dominus Flevit Chapel
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The view from the church overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem is quite something… so if you visit the church make sure you have your camera ready!

View from Dominus Flevit ChurchThe view from the church. Both pictures above by Gaspa.

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