Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)
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Located on the Mount of Olives, this beautiful church was first built by the Byzantines in 379 and rebuilt between 1919 and 1924, whose construction was financed from contributions made by many countries.
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,268 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This church is included on almost every pilgrimage and, therefore, presents a challenge for the amateur photographer. There are always crowds, and the inside is quite dark. You will need to cross the busy street for an overview, and you can see the very colorful art above the columns. The darkness inside requires high ISOs and adjustments to the white balance. Or, post-process the best images. Due to the crowds, travel light - a DSLR with zoom lens leaning to the wide-angle capability works well.
Written 30 May 2020
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is a beautiful basilica situated adjacent to the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Completed in 1924 and also known as Basilica of the Agony, this is the third church to be erected on this site. Twelve nations contributed to building costs, which is how the basilica derived its name. A large slab of bedrock fronting the alter is surrounded by a wrought-iron wreath presented by Australia. This is fashioned as a crown of thorns, impaling two silver doves and pairs of thorn birds perched behind Communion chalices. This is believed to be the traditional location where Jesus prayed, as written in the Bible: "Luke 22:44: ...his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground". Note the numerous gold mosaic tiles used throughout the basilica both inside and out.
Written 30 January 2020
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Hank H
Virginia531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The inside of this wonderful church is dark - necessarily so - and perfect for meditation and prayerful reflection. But once your eyes get used to the low light, you're in for a treat. Look up, down, and all around - beautiful ceiling and wall painting add to the experience here. The adjacent garden with ancient olive trees make it easy for you to imagine the scriptures we hear so often.

TIP: Like most pilgrims, I visited many places in and around Jerusalem yet I yearned to linger and pray more at this site than any other. If you want to pick one place to linger, or return and pray, this is it.
Written 2 February 2020
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kelledstyle
Montreal, Canada767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, the Church of All Nations is a beautiful basilica surrounded by the pretty garden of Gethsemane. The church neoclassical architecture is enhanced by colourful mosaics on the main facade. Inside, there are numerous painting walls. If you plan to go to the Mount of Olives, do not miss visiting this church. For more pictures, check my Instagram page (IG: kelledstyle).
Written 19 January 2020
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ECLadines
Paranaque, Philippines2,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
An outstanding church in the heart of Jerusalem where the Passion of Jesus took place. The present church here (the 3rd built) was only completed in the 1920s so this was somewhat a modern vibe of a building. So many people packing this church taking their mandatory photo op. So you could just imagine the queues when you finally visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Written 26 April 2020
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kteversole
207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The church is beautiful, but not all that beautiful. This sill probably be a very short stop for a tour group. You are there to touch the rock. The crowd will likely be dense toward the front of the church. You will regret not moving forward through that crowd to touch the rock Jesus is said to have prayed upon and fallen asleep at. You'll be there in only about 5 minutes. Don't let the size of the crowd dissuade you, it only looks big. From the rock you can loop back into the church to admire it. You can also wander out to the garden with amazingly old olive trees. The olive trees are not 1500 years old. That doesn't mean they are insignificant. They may have been cultivated from ancient seed or stock. They ask you, the tourist, to pause to consider them, living yet old beyond anything else we're probably aware of. Breath on them so that some of you remains, nourishing the tree, after you board your bus to the next stop, ...and after you've gone home.
Written 5 April 2020
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David G
Gedera, Israel1,512 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
One of the most famous churches based around Jerusalem, found on postcards , and yet it took me more than 30 years of living in Israel to visit this amazing place !!.
Don't just look at the amazing paintings on the walls , look up at the ceilings , there's art there as well !!.
Best NOT to use flash when taking pictures ( there IS a way to take acceptable quality images in this amazing place even with smartphones ( auto ISO worked for me ) .Sometimes there are services being held , so respect the sanctity of this place ( hats OFF when inside the church ).
Best to visit during the Spring and Autumn/Fall months , .RECOMMENDED
Written 17 July 2023
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SmartTraveler
Muar, Malaysia865 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The Church of All Nations was built next to the Rock of Agony. It is used by all denominations. They are the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Protestant, Lutheran, Evangelical and  Anglican. It was built with donations from various nations.

The Church of All Nations has a Byzantine dome, and Corinthian columns with frontage of mosaic inlaid. Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi designed this master piece in 1920.

Written 17 March 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The Church of All Nations is a beautiful church commemorating the Agony of Jesus the night before he was arrested. The Church dates back to the Crusader era, and some structures predate that. Although the Basilica is a Catholic Church, an outside altar allows for worship by all denominations. The Basilica of the Agony is situated on the Mount of Olives, adjacent to the Garden of Gethsemane.
Written 14 November 2023
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Mildred W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Don't miss viewing this site. The artwork and Church gives you time to reflect and give thanks. To pray at the site where Jesus asked his disciples to pray in the garden and he accepted the final acts required for him to cover our sins.
Written 10 March 2020
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