The Tomb of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is marked by one of
Jerusalem`s most venerable churches, located in the Kidron
Valley, which the at the foot of the Mount of Olives near
the Garden of Gethsemane.
Christians built the first house of prayer here 1,500 years
ago over a stone crypt visitors can still see. By Crusader
times the church had been destroyed, and only a small cupola
remained over the tomb. But in 1130 a new church was built,
its façade with pointed Gothic arches, and most of the
interior has amazingly survived frequent flooding of the
The present decor, with its flickering oil lamps and icons
gives the church a feel of mystery and antiquity, and
attests to its present congregation of Eastern Christian
Next to the church is a cave which some believe suits the
description of Gethsemane in Mark 14:32 and Matthew 26:36.
(Israel Minister of Tourism)