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Walk in the footsteps of history amidst the personal stories, traditions and burial places of the city's most famous inhabitants. 

For additional information and to make a telephone reservation, call the Reservation Center.

 
 

Mount of Olives – Cemetery Tour - General

For generations, the Mount of Olives has served as a burial site for the Jews of Jerusalem, who have always been careful to separate the city of the living from the city of the dead. From time immemorial, the deep valley between the city and the mountain (the Kidron Valley in this area, and in the north the Yehoshafat Valley) creates a physical barrier between the city and the cemetery.

The tens of thousands of gravestones that cover the Mount of Olives testify to the deep and ancient connection between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem, while serving to strengthen the concept of the end of days inherent in Jewish belief - that the Mount of Olives has a place of honor in the resurrection of the dead and the Day of Judgment. Walking through the paths of the cemetery affords visitors the opportunity to encounter important figures of Jerusalem’s past – people of vision, action, and knowledge, leaders and laypeople alike. These characters, whose stories are an inseparable part of the city’s history, provide insight into the city of Jerusalem from ancient times through the modern day.

This is an opportunity to learn about such exemplary figures such as Henrietta Szold, S.Y. Agnon, Shmulik Kaufman, Pinhas Rutenberg, Rav Kook and others whose gravesites we will visit.

  • Route Sites: The gravesites of the author S. Y. Agnon, Henrietta Szold, Pinhas Rutenberg, Rav Kook, mass graves, as well as the gravesites of leaders, Halutzim (pioneers), poets, intellectuals and more.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Meeting Point: Rehavam Lookout (opposite the 7 Arches Hotel)
  • End point: Mount of Olives Information Center
Credit: David Vaknin

 

Mount of Olives – Battle Heritage Tour

The sun was high in the east-The story of the Mount of Olives during the Six-Day War

At the height of the Six-Day War, on the night of the 28th of Iyar, June 7, 1967, an armored company, along with the help of a paratroopers platoon, was sent to capture the Mount of Olives in order to complete the encirclement of the Old City to the east. In the dark of night the tanks and the paratroopers raced from the Rockefeller Museum, but instead of heading east to the Augusta Victoria Compound, they made a fatal mistake and continued southward to the Kidron Bridge.

What happened there, on that bloody night of fighting near the Kidron Valley? Did the fighters succeed in turning back and ascending as planned towards the Mount of Olives?

This tour is a battle heritage tour, tracing the steps of the soldiers during those difficult hours of fighting, heroism and determination. Through an impressive and unknown observation lookout, we will come to understand the navigation mistake, its consequences and the battle that ensued. We will end the tour at Lion’s Gate with the historic moment of the capture of the Temple Mount and the liberation of the Old City.

  • Route Sites: Lookout near Augusta Victoria, Orson Hyde Park, Kidron Bridge, Wounded Eagle Monument and Lion’s Gate.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Meeting Point: Ammunition Hill (Givat HaTachmoshet)
  • End point: Gethsemane
Credit: David Vaknin
 

Mount of Olives – “Generations Looking Towards Jerusalem” Tour

In the Footsteps of Pilgrims

A fascinating Midrashic tradition tells of the hardships of the Shekhinah - the Divine Presence of God -with the destruction of the Second Temple: “For three and a half years, the Divine Presence rested on the Mount of Olives, and proclaimed three times each day ‘Return, backsliding children, I will cure your backslidings.’ And since they did not return the Devine Presence began departing into the air” (Midrash Lamentations Rabbah). The lesson of this Midrash brought the Jewish pilgrims to fast and pray specifically towards the Mount of Olives, believing that from there the Divine Presence would return to Jerusalem and Messiah would arrive riding on his white donkey.

Follow the footsteps of the pilgrims during the Temple period, and in the days following the destruction of the Temple. Learn about and experience the journey of travelers in the Middle Ages who were drawn by a deep yearning for Jerusalem.

  • Route Sites: Rehavam Lookout - opposite the 7 Arches Hotel, the Tombs of the Prophets, Maale HaKohanim, Kidron Valley, Absalom’s Pillar, Tomb of Zechariah.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Meeting Point: Rehavam Lookout  / 7 Arches Hotel (Intercontinental)
  • End point: Mount of Olives Information Center (opposite Gethsemane)

Photography: Tal Glick
 
For additional information and to a make a telephone reservation, call the Reservation Center.
 
 
 
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