The Garden of Gethsemane

During Jesus’ time, the Garden of Gethsemane would have been an olive grove with an olive oil press.

Visitors today who see the gnarled old olive trees at the Garden of Gethsemane are amazed that those trees could have been just saplings when Jesus arrived with the disciples after the Last Supper. Today.

The matured trees are surrounded by maintained flower beds. The trees are placed behind a fence of iron tracery with Byzantine motifs. This peaceful placement creates a spiritual atmosphere for those who visit the garden of Gethsemane, aside from the fact that the flower beds and paths add an artificial element to the atmosphere.

Israel is home to a large number of ancient olive trees.  Experts have determined that five in Deir hanna and two in Arraba are more than 3,000 years old. The trees currently found in the garden, though, weren’t around during Christ’s lifetime.

Falvius Josephus, a famous historian, estimates that the trees in Jerusalem were chopped down by the Romans in order to make siege equipment before taking over the city in the year 70 A. D.

However, the olive trees currently found, may possibly be descended from the ones that were around during Jesus’s time. Sometimes, when olive trees are cut down, shoots come up from the roots and create Gethsemane a new tree.

Radiocarbon dating tests from the University of California done in 1982 determined that some wood could age back 2,300 years.

The Church of All Nations was built in the 1920s and relates to the Garden of Gethsemane in detailed floor-to-ceiling mosaics. It depicts Jesus praying alone, Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, and the High Priest’s servant’s ear being cut off.

It is believed to be the site where Jesus prayed in agony before he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot and later arrested. Many believe it might also be the location of Jesus’ meeting with Nicodemus at nighttime, as referenced in John 3:1-21.

In the main altar there is a visual representation of Jesus Praying among the Apostles. Paintings above the side altars show the Assumption of the Virgin and the Kiss of Judas.

Not far away is a grove that sees fewer visitors than the Garden of Gethsemane. At this grove, visitors can spend more private time worshiping and contemplating life.

Garden of Gethsemane has an area of about 1,200 square meters. Many disciples were familiar with it because it was close to the route between the Temple and the summit of the Mount of Olives.

North of the Church of All Nations is the Grotto of the graden. Jesus and his disciples often camped in the natural grotto at night, and t is believed to be the place where the disciples slept while Jesus prayed.

Today, the trees in the Garden of Gethsemane created a spiritual atmosphere for all the visitors to come to the grounds.

Between Jesus praying in Gethsemane and being arrested in the place, it is referenced many times in the scripture, including Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; Mark 32-42, Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-50; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-12


There is a lot to see in Jerusalem, Temple Mount is one of the main places you have to see.