The Mount of Olives is located in the Kidron valley, east of Jerusalem. In it, according to the Bible, Jesus often performed his prayers, and it’s also there where it is believed he was arrested.
The Mount of Olives is considered one of the most sacred places in the Holy Land. This is also where the churches of Gethsemane and Dominus Flevit Pater Noster are located.
The Mount of Olives takes its name from the olive trees that populate their slopes. In it you will find the Gardens of Gethsemane, where Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. The Mount of Olives is the site of many important Biblical events. In the Acts of the Apostles, it is named as the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven. Roman soldiers of the Tenth Legion camped in the bush during the siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD 70., which led to the destruction of the city.
In the Book of Zechariah, the Mount of Olives is identified as the place from which God will begin to redeem the dead at the end of time. For this reason, Jews have always tried to be buried on the mountain, and from biblical times until today the mountain has been used as a cemetery for Jews in Jerusalem. There are approximately 150,000 graves on the mountain, including many famous figures as Zechariah (who prophesied there), Tomb of Absalom and many rabbis from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, including Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.
Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,