Jerusalem Sights

Dormition Abbey

  • Off Har Tsiyon St. Map It
  • Mount Zion
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

The large, round Roman Catholic church, with its distinctive cone-shaped roof, ornamented turrets, and landmark clock tower, is a Jerusalem landmark. It was built on land bought by the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II when he visited Jerusalem in 1898. The German Benedictines dedicated the echoing main church, with its Byzantine-style apse and mosaic floors, in 1910. The lower-level crypt houses a cenotaph with a carved-stone figure of Mary in repose (dormitio), reflecting the tradition that she fell into eternal sleep. Among the adjacent little chapels is one donated by the Ivory Coast, with wooden figures and motifs inlaid with ivory. The premises include a bookstore and a coffee shop. A visit takes about 25 minutes.

Sight Information

Address:

Off Har Tsiyon St., near the Room of the Last Supper, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

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Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 05/04/2017

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