Visitors to of the Garden of Gethsemane are amazed when they learn that the gnarled olive trees they see could have been young saplings when Jesus came here with the disciples on that fateful night after the Last Supper (Matt. 26:36; Mark 14:32; John 18:1).
Today the ancient trees rise from manicured flower beds; in Jesus' time this would have been an olive grove where an olive-oil press 'gethsemane in Greek' was located.
The impressive Church of All Nations, built in the 1920s over earlier churches, relates the events of this place in brilliantly detailed floor-to ceiling mosaics: Jesus praying alone (Mark 14:35-36); Judas' betrayal of Jesus (Matt. 26:48); the cutting off of the ear of the High Priest's servant (Mark 14:47).
Across the lane is a less-frequented grove, where arrangements can be made for visitors to spend a more private time of worship and contemplation.
This feature is republished courtesy of The Ministry of Tourism (www.goisrael.com).