Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

SOPHRONIUS OF JERUSALEM (ca. 600 A.D.)
The Holy City of Jerusalem. Panoramic view from the Mount of Olives

Panoramic view of Jerusalem

Mount Sion - detail
The Temple Mount - detail
Getsemane

Across the brook Kidron (Jn 18:1) and at the foot of Mount of Olives, Gethsemane is a place very rich in Christian memories. Going dawn the slopes we encounter first the location where Jesus wept over Jerusalem for its refusal to accept the incoming reign of God (Lk 19:41). A little below stands the church of the Agony and the Garden of Olives, witness to the Lord's prayer during the night before his passion (Mt 26:36-46). Beside the Garden of Gethsemane, is the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, where her body was deposed by the apostles after her death (Dormition). According to Christian faith her saintly body did not suffer corruption but was soon taken up to Heaven (Assumption). Finally on the left side of the road going up to Jerusalem one can see the modern church commemorating the martyrdom of St. Stephen (Acts 7:58-60).

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