Church of All Nations, Jerusalem

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The Church of All Nations, officially named the Basilica of the Agony, is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem next to the Garden of Gethsemane. The Catholic church enshrines a section of stone in the Garden of Gethsemane that is believed to be where Jesus prayed on the night of his arrest (Matthew 26:36).
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The Church of All Nations, the United Catholic Church is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, at a place called “Gethsemane.” Built from 1922 to 1924, she holds the rock beneath which, according to tradition, Jesus prayed in agony before his arrest

 

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The present church was built on the foundations of two successive others. A fourth-century Byzantine basilica was destroyed by an earthquake in 746. Robust Crusader chapel (twelfth century) was abandoned in 1345.

In 1920 preliminary foundation work (two meters below the Crusader chapel) update a column and beautiful mosaics of the ancient Byzantine basilica. The work was interrupted to allow thorough and extensive excavations. The plans of the modern church are modified to include the Byzantine mosaics. The work lasted two years: the church is consecrated and dedicated to all the nations, in June 1924.

 

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