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Dominus Flevit Review

Designed by Antonio Barluzzi in the 1950s, the tear-shaped church—its name means "the Lord wept"—preserves the New Testament story of Jesus' sorrowful prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem (Luke 19). The remarkable feature of its simple interior is a picture window facing west, the iron cross on the altar silhouetted against a superb view of the Old City. Many archaeological items were unearthed here, including a group of ancient ossuaries, or bone boxes, preserved in a grotto on the right as you enter the site. The courtyard is a good place to enjoy the view in peace between waves of pilgrim groups. (Equally worthy of mention are the restrooms, rare in this area.) The church is about one-third of the way down the steep road that descends to Gethsemane from the Mt. of Olives observation point. Beware of pickpockets on the street outside.

    Contact Information

  • Address: E-Sheikh St., below Mt. of Olives Observation Point, Mt. of Olives, Jerusalem | Map It
  • Phone: 02/626–6450
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 8–11:45 and 2–5
  • Location: Mt. of Olives and East Jerusalem
Updated: 05-19-2013

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