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Dominus Flevit Church


Dominus Flevit Church


dominus flevit church


The Dominus Flevit is a Catholic site on the north part of the Mount of Olives, observing the old city of Jerusalem and the old city walls, the church has an excellent point of view over the old city including the Temple Mount and the church of the holy sepulcher, also, there is a huge collection of ancient burial caves from the times of the second temple.
Designed by Antonio Barluzzi and completed in 1955, is shaped like a teardrop to symbolize the tears of the master over the city of Jerusalem which was destroyed in 70 AD.

History of the Dominus Flevit Church


The meaning of Dominus Flevit is " The Lord Wept", The name is derived from a Gospel passage in the New Testament (Luke 19:41-44), where Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem.


The church features a beautiful dome and intricate mosaics that depict various biblical scenes and commemorate their biblical significance. The interior is relatively small but exudes a serene and contemplative atmosphere.


When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Passover, just a few moments before he sent his disciples to Bethpage to search for a donkey to ride on, in the gospel of Luke you can find the biblical verse about Jesus seeing the city of Jerusalem and predicting the future.

Luke 19:41-44

 "As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

The hard words of Jesus surprised his followers but eventually came true since only a few years after his crucifixion the Romans destroyed and burnt Jerusalem, the worst punishment for the Jews.

Like other locations in Jerusalem, we cannot be sure about the exact location but the combination of the scripts and the panoramic view from the Dominus Flevit is probably the right place for this event.

Visiting in Dominus Flevit Church


The Dominus Flevit Jerusalem is open to the public every day from 08:00 to 17:00 and is maintained by the Franciscan Catolic order, the entrance is free of charge but a strict dress code is required.

This is one of the best pilgrimage sites to observe the temple mount and take a picture threw the window with a cross in the background. Except for the altar, there is an impressive mosaic floor dated to the Byzantine period containing various Christian items in Latin and Greek.

Outside the church, you can find an impressive collection of Jewish burial caves and ritual pools(Mikve) dated to the times of Jesus extracted by the Franciscans called ossuaries and some may be the burial coffins of Jesus' followers, also the beutiful Church of all Nations , Gethsemane Garden and the Tomb of Virgin Mary.


So make sure to take a Pilgrimage to Dominus Flevit, one of the most sacred Christian landmarks in Jerusalem







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