Church of Saint Mary Magdalena, Jerusalem

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The Church of Mary Magdalene is a Russian Orthodox church located on the Mount of Olives, near the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem.
The church is dedicated to Mary Magdalene, a follower of Jesus. According to the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Mary Magdalene was the first to see Christ after his resurrection. She is considered a crucial and important disciple of Jesus, and seemingly his primary female associate, along with Mary of Bethany, whom some believe to have been the same woman.
The church was built in 1886 by Tsar Alexander III to honor his mother, Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. It was constructed to David Grimm's design in the traditional tented roof style popular in 16th- and 17th-century Russia, and includes seven distinctive, gilded onion domes. The convent is located directly across the Kidron Valley from the Temple Mount.
The relics of two martyred saints, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia and her fellow nun Varvara Yakovleva, are displayed in the church.
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  • This is the church that always stands out on the side of the Mount of Olives when looking from the old city, because of its glistening golden Russian onion domes and crosses. It is a Russian Orthodox ...  more »
  • You will hardly know if it is also pretty inside, since it only opens Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 12.
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  • A well built Russian Orthodox Church. Mainly having historical significance in 1800s. Walking up the church is tiresome. Not recommended if you are elderly with a leg problem.
  • Not to be missed if you are a Christian travelling in the Holy Land. Contains the relics of the New Martyr Elizabeth
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