Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Basilica of the Agony, the evening before the arrest of Jesus

Travel article Nr. 9 related to the important historical places in the “Life of Jesus”.

Jesus knew that a day later he would be arrested. This area on the Mount of Olvies is also called Gethsemane and was the place where Jesus prepared himself for his death. On a rock, he prayed all night and here he left his sweat as blood traces. Many people who come to this church touch the rock to feel connected to Jesus. To reflect the agony and sadness, the church architect has not coloured the stained glass. It gives it a darker impression. The front entrance is in the shape of a Greek temple with fantastic paintings. Inside the church you feel that people are emotioanly affected by the historical events they believe in.

Jezus wist dat hij de volgende dag ging gearresteerd worden. Aan deze plaats op de Olijfberg die ook Gethsemane noemt heeft Jezus zich voorbereid op zijn dood. Op een grote rots heeft hij de hele nacht gebeden, zijn zweet heeft sporen als bloed op de steen nagelaten. Vele mensen komen naar deze kerk om deze rots aan te raken en zich meer verbonden met Jezus te voelen. Om het leed en verdriet beter weer te geven heeft de architect geen kleuren gebruikt in het brandglas, waardoor de binnenzijde van de kerk donkerder wordt. De hoofdingang is in de vorm van een Griekse tempel met zeer mooie muurschilderingen. Binnenin de kerk zie je dat mensen emotioneel geraakt zijn door de gebeurtenissen waarin ze geloven die hier hebben plaatsgevonden..

Basilica of the Agony
Basilica of the Agony
Basilica of the Agony
Basilica of the Agony
Basilica of the Agony
Basilica of the Agony
Basilica of the Agony
Basilica of the Agony
Basilica of the Agony
Our travel articles related to the important historical places in the “Life of Jesus”:
1. The Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth
2. The House and carpentry of Joseph in Nazareth underneath the Saint Joseph church
3. Grotto of the Nativity - Why Bethlehem instead of Nazareth? The flight to Egypt.
4. Capernaum in Galilee, the Town of Jesus.
5. Baptismal site in the Jordan River where John baptised Jesus.
6. Sermon on the mount, our visit to Mount of Beatitudes.
7. Tabgha, the miracle of the loaves and the fishes.
8. The Mount of Olives, one of the must important places for Jesus and the Jews.
9. The Basilica of the Agony, the evening before the arrest of Jesus.
10. An emotional visit on the Via Dolorosa where Jesus carried the cross.
11. Touching the rock on which Jesus died, the church of the Holy Sepulchre.
12. The Stone of Unction in the church of the Holy Sepulchre.
13. The Tomb of Jesus and the Resurrection, Church of the Holy Selpuchre.

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15 comments:

  1. very beautiful and colourful paintings/mosaics, remind me of orthodox churches...

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  2. Excellent report and description. Thank you for taking us there!

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  3. Such touching memories of our Lord Jesus's suffering.. it makes me shameful of myself for not doing much for Him when He has done so much for me...

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  4. he modeled being honest with pain.



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  5. No Filip we live in the city of Penticton, half a block from the largest shopping centre in the region! ( to the East). However there is a wooded creek South of us and a large park to the West. Cheers!

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  6. Wow! There are so many devotees!

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  7. Those olives must be real old!

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  8. Wonderful photos from this historical places and buildings. I love the olive-tree most.

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  9. Sooooooooooooo Great, why the construction styles of Western countries are so different with those in oriental areas? Almost all the buildings in Western countries look magnificent for me, do you have the same feeling with oriental buildings? Have a nice day

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  10. A place rich with history and significance.

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  11. You have captured great details in words and photos Filip. Thank you.

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  12. Love this series!
    Amazing reportage, this Basilica is wonderful.
    Léia

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  13. I wish I can be here, but I don't think Malaysian can travel to Israel.ohh .. I dunno..:(

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  14. Beautiful shots of this historical spot!

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  15. Also have to say I love the ceiling in this church.

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