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Grotto of Gethsemane, Jerusalem

This grotto, which is not far from the Church of the Tomb of the Virgin, is supposed to be the place where Jesus (pbuh), betrayed by Judas, was arrested.

In spite of some renovations carried out in the late fifties of last century, of all the many holy places in Jerusalem the Grotto of Gethsemane has conserved best its original appearance, that is, the appearance it had at the time of Christ's life on earth.

Grotto of Gethsemane

The grotto was previously used by farmers to store grains, from the sixth century on it served some Christian communities as a cenacle.

Inside the cave, which has an impressive stone vault, are three altars with murals over them. Over the high altar is a representation of Jesus Praying among the Apostles, while the paintings over the side altars depict the Assumption of the Virgin and the Kiss of Judas.

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