2013
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Gethsemane: preserve the past and train the future

The church

Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, is the place reminding us of the beginning of the Passion of Christ. The Gospels attest that Jesus was arrested while he was “on the other bank of the Kidron stream, where there was a garden” (John 18:1), “a place called Gethsemane” (Mt 26:36). Today, next to the Garden of Olives – where thousand-year olive trees can be found – there is the Church of Gethsemane, also known as the Church of All Nations. It welcomes about five thousands visitors per day, and has become one of the most visited places in the Holy Land.

To be able to preserve one of the most important memorial and spiritual areas of Jerusalem, today it is necessary to proceed with a restoration of the roof and the mosaics inside the church and on its façade, which are seriously damaged.

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The project

The restoration and preservation project, coordinated by ATS pro Terra Sancta and the Mosaic Center of Jericho, will benefit from the coordination and scientific supervision of an appropriate commission from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum.

With the restoration of the Church of Gethsemane, the many pilgrims coming to the Holy Land will be able to continue visiting and celebrating one of the most important Holy Places in Jerusalem. At the same time, we want to draw the local community even more into the preservation of the historical and artistic heritage of this city, training restorers and mosaic workers and deepening the link of local youth with their territory, which is so rich in history.

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