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Mount of Olives and the Church of Mary Magdalene (center)
Church of Mary Magdalene
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Maria Magdalene (Mary Magdalene) is a the Russian Orthodox Church located on the Mount of Olives, in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, Israel.
Church of Mary Magdalene Jerusalem
Church of Mary Magdalene is a church and a monastery that was built in 1885-1888 by the Russian Czar Alexander III as a commemoration for his mother, Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, in the traditional tented roof Russian style, including seven onion shaped golden domes.
The church contains the relics of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna of Russia.
The Church of St. Mary Magdalene is probably the most conspicuous house of worship in Jerusalem. It owes its prominence to the presence of seven gilded, onion-shaped domes jutting out from a monumental Muscovite-style body that stands proudly against the sky.
Names: Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene at Gethsemane, Church of St. Mary Magdalene, White Russian Church of St. Mary Magdalene
Type of site: Russian Orthodox church Dates: 1888
Location: Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem
Phone: 02/628-4371 Hours: Tue, Thu 10-12 Cost: Free Bus: 37
CHURCH OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE
Russian Orthodox ("White Russians")
Located on the Mount of Olives
Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.
The church is dedicated to Miryam of Migdal, a follower of Jesus. Maria Magdalene was the first to see Christ after he was resurrected, and was a crucial and important disciple of Jesus, and seemingly his primary female associate, along with Mary of Bethany, whom some believe to have been the same woman. From a distance what you see of St. Mary Magdalene are its memorable bulb-like cupolas. But if you enter the closure in which it is found and climb the steps to the church, you discover that the building is as remarkable as its domes. Indeed, the palatial exterior features a mind-boggling variety of styles and decorations that is fascinating to behold. Although it appears to be made of marble, the facade is actually a stunning, sculpted white sandstone.
Classic, with Roman-style arches, the first story of the magnificent structure has solid, graceful lines. Above the main entrance, located on the second level, is a gabled roof trimmed with a pseudo-lace design. A circular blue mosaic depicting Mary Magdalene piously robed in white is framed in gold within the gable.