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Mount of Olives

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"【Mount of Olives】Located on the east side of the Old City of Jerusalem, it is named after olive trees planted around the mountain and is a holy place for Jewish and Christian believers. It faces the Temple Mount where the Old City of Jerusalem is located. Standing on the heights of the Mount of Olives (in front of the Seven Arches Hotel), you can have a panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem. However, underfoot is the cemetery of tens of thousands of Jews. Jews always want to be buried on the Mount of Olives. The cemetery on the hillside is said to be the oldest cemetery in the world. From Bible times to today, tombs from 4000 years ago coexist with tombs today. There are an estimated 150,000 tombs on the mountain, including Including Zechariah (the prophet who prophesied here) and many Jewish rabbis from the 15th to the 20th century. For the Jewish people, this place is also a memorable sacred place. The Jewish cemetery is very simple, without flowers and sacrifices, only the collected stones are placed on the tomb as a memorial. In 70 AD, Roman troops camped on the Mount of Olives, besieged Jerusalem, and then destroyed the city. From the First Middle East War in 1948 to the Six-Day War in 1967, the Mount of Olives was occupied by Jordanians and the Mount of Olives was severely damaged. Jordanians used tombstones from the cemetery to build roads and military toilets. Many of the tombstones are thousands of years old. history. After the Six-Day War, the Israelis did their best to transport the surviving tombstones back to the mountain. The Mount of Olives is also where Jesus used to preach. The Gethsemane Garden under the hills is planted with rosemary called "Memory". Next to the Gethsemane Church of All Nations, also known as the Cathedral of Depression, the rock in front of the altar is said to be the last night after Jesus was betrayed Place. The nearby Orthodox church building is the Church of St. Mary the Goddess; next to it is the Domenez Flevet Chapel; above it is the Ascension Church, which is said to have the footprints of Jesus’ ascension; Peter Nieste Church not far away , Which contains the Lord’s Prayer written in 44 languages. In addition, the tomb of the Virgin Mary, Siloam Pool... have become holy places for Christians. Standing at the Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem, looking at the Mount of Olives, there are sparse olive trees and tombs everywhere. Looking further, you can see the separation wall on the border between Israel and Palestine..."