The Mount of Olives is located east of
the ancient Jerusalem city. Its names originate of the olive vineyards which
once covered it. The Mount of Olives Is sacred to Judaism, Islam and
Christianity, and many traditions are attached to it.
The Mount of Olives is part of the
ridge which surrounds Jerusalem from the east along 3.5 kilometers, and it is
815 meters high.
The mounts proximity to Jerusalem, and
its rocky ground made Judaism choose this mount as a burial site during the
The ancient cemetery on the mount is the national Jewish
pantheon, where not only rabbis were buried but also many scholars, authors and
The Mount of Olives is detailed in
Christian tradition as the place where Jesus wept on the destruction of
Jerusalem, and by Islamic traction, where the scales of justice would stand and
weigh the good vs. bad deeds of the mankind.
Eyes of those who stand on the Mount
of Olives would sway towards the temple mount on the corner of the ancient
city, on the nearest side of the observation, where the dome of the rock and El
Aksaa dome stand.
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