mount of olives / Periods: Hellenistic, New Testament, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, Crusader, Mameluke, Turks.

This Holy Places is a Franciscan Catholic church, on the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, where Jesus visualized the destruction of Jerusalem and wept. It is located between other places of pilgrimage, the Church of Mary Magdalene and the Chapel of Ascension.

The architecture of the church is shaped like a tear or drop: According to Christian tradition, the shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, when “Jesus wept” by the death of Lazarus. But Dominus Flevit, which means “the cry of the Lord,” commemorates another occasion on which Jesus was moved to tears. According to Luke 19:41, “When he came to Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept” because “the days will come upon you when your enemies … will lead you to the ground.” The church of Dominus Flevit is supposed to mark the place where the mourning of Jesus on Jerusalem took place. The current church of Dominus Flevit was set up by the Franciscans, who still manage the site, and designed by the Italian architect Anton Barluzzin. Built in 1954, the church has the shape of a drop of tear to symbolize the tears of the Lord. The present church sits on the ruins of an ancient small 7th century church with some ancient mosaics still observable.

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