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Basilica of the agony

Commonly known as The Church of all Nations, it has its name because the contributions to this magnificent architecture with beautiful mosaics come from 12 countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  It was built in 1924 and is located at the lower portion of the Mount of Olives.   The Church of all Nations is associated with Jesus’ final hours before His crucifixion, and the holy rock on which Jesus knelt to pray is claimed to be located within the Church.  The formal name of this church is the Basilica of the Agony.  In fact, the Basilica of the Agony is located at the Garden of Gethsemane.

Front Entrance

Three arched doors represent Jesus’ three agony prayers.

The ceiling

We can see the medieval-style structure and paintings all over the church.  The ceiling is painted a deep blue to reflect the night sky as Jesus prayed.

the Holy rock of agony

The holy rock of agony where Jesus knelt to pray is surrounded by a wrought iron crown of thorns, symbolizing the mocking by the Roman soldiers. 

the Holy rock of agony

Mark 15:16-20 The Soldiers Mock Jesus

16 Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18 And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The side view of the church

This is the right side of the church, while the left side is the Garden of Gethsemane.

The far view from the Lion Gate

The road that you see is east of the Kidron Valley.

the Far View from The Lion Gate

John 18:1-11 The betrayal and arrest of Jesus 1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” 5 They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7 Again he asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “So I told you that I am he. if you are looking for me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. 11 Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

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