Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem

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Just outside the Old City on Mt. Zion, Dormition Abbey marks the site where the Blessed Virgin is thought to have ascended to heaven. The modern edifice stands in the place of two earlier churches: an early Christian basilica dedicated to St. Stephan and a 12th-century church built by a monastic order. Enter to view its interior adorned with radiant mosaics illustrating the life of Virgin Mary. The set of spiral stairs leads to the crypt, which houses a statue of sleeping Mary under a colorful rotunda. See the mosaics depicting Jesus surrounded by six famous women from the Old Testament, including Judith holding the severed head of Holofernes. Plan your Dormition Abbey visit and explore what else you can see and do in Jerusalem using our Jerusalem travel planner .
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  • Walking into this complex is amazing with the imposing fortress-like church. Inside is also beautiful with wonderful mosaics. Roman Catholics believe it marks the place of the tomb of the Virgin Mary,...  more »
  • This was one of the more beautiful places of my Jerusalem journey through Christianity's history. Make sure to go downstairs to see the mosaic.  more »
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  • Good architecture and a neat historical place. If you are into biblical history however, this only a place of tradition.
  • Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary of the finest churches and mission Christians and the construction of engineering and wonderful historical. And also to the Jews where the tomb of the prophet David, the Psalmist, and also the last supper room, where the disciples met with the Lord Jesus Christ in the house of Markus, and in the same place, the Moslems built a mosque on all these Jewish Christian monuments. This place is very important in history, so many stories deserve to be discovered.
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