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Mount of Olives, Jerusalem Overview

Named after the olive groves that once thrived on its slopes, Mount of Olive has been Jerusalem's primary burial ground.

A 20 minute walk east of the Old City, Mount of Olives is now known from the panoramic view of the city it has to offer. Ideally make the ascent before sunrise or sunset, to watch the skies being bathed in crimson hues. The western slopes are splayed with gravestones, inlcuding those of notable biblical figures, such as Zechariah and Absalom. The gold Dome of Rock, and the black-domed al-Aqsa Mosque to the left of it paint the skyline; but look behind them for the large gray dome of the Holy Sepulcher. According to Christian beliefs, Christ was known to have walked the slopes of Mount of Olives, last. The Dome of the Ascension and Garden of Gethsemane are few sights you can visit here.

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