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Church of Saint Mary Magdalena

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Address: Gethsemane Convent, Jerusalem, Israel
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Hours open: 10-12 Tuesday and Thursday

The Orthodox Church of Saint Mary Magdalena is only opened to visitors on Tuesday and Thursday from 10-12 unless you have made prior arrangements. If the door is closed and you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ann C
Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Orthodox Church of Saint Mary Magdalena is only opened to visitors on Tuesday and Thursday from 10-12 unless you have made prior arrangements. If the door is closed and you are here during these hours ring the buzzer to the left. The church grounds are pretty and there is a nice view. There is a sign that reads no... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 698 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church of the holy Mary Magdalena is on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives, you can see it in the distance of you look in the Eastern direction from the Temple Mount. We took a taxi to the top of the Mount of Olives and walked down. We could join a bus tour group of Orthodox Christians... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We made a special pilgrimage to the church which is only open for a few hours each week so you'll need to plan ahead! The church is absolutely magnificant with brightly shining golden domes beneath a deep blue sky. The interior is full of wonderful Russian Icons and you can purchase candles if you wish to pray! At the ground... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

I was with a group of Russian friends when we visited so, although I am not Russian orthodox, we were able to visit (note: it is open to others only Tuesday and Thursday mornings) The Church of Mary Magdalene, which we could see while atop the Mount of Olives, was built by Tsar Alexander III in the traditional Russian style... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

the place is a church for the greek orthodox so if you are not one of them it is harder to get in. tuesday noon it is open for everyone but usually it is not easy for non orthodox. i got lucky to visit with a group from cyprus so we could go inside easily and we had a lovely... More 

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New York
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

From the Old City it’s a beautiful sight. Getting there wasn’t so easy. They could use some better signage. When we finally got there we walked inside to find that it’s essentially a beautiful foyer. It would have been better if we just settled for seeing it from afar.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

A beautiful rusion chruch next to the olive mountain. My advice is to put the Sandra song and to fill this place

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Reviewed 30 September 2016

This Church is open to non-Orthodox visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00-12:00. As you enter the grounds of the church you wander through lush and serene gardens. We were keen to see the tomb of Princess Alice, mother in law of Queen Elizabeth but was unavailable. Instead we saw the tombs of 2 saints, Elizabeth and Barbara. We were... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful church in Russian architecture dedicated to Mary Magdalene. It's only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12 pm. The domes are a sight to behold. The interiors are done beautifully. It's very peaceful in there.

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

From anywhere in Jerusalem you see the beautiful Golden Domes and wonder what is inside there. As you walk down the Mt. Olivet you see the large stone wall with only a steal door with a lock. On our pilgrimage, our Eastern Orthodox Melkite Greek Father was able to talk the young nun into letting us visit for a short... More 

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