THE MOUNT OF OLIVES FROM TEMPLE MOUNT

James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.
1998
These views are from the east side of the Old City, looking across the Kidron Valley at the Mount of Olives.
THEN
NOW
The photo from 1952 (above, left) was taken from Temple Mount, either at the top or base of the Golden Gate. The nearest church is the Church of All Nations and next to it on the left are the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemene. Further up the hill is the Russian Church of Mary Magdelene.

The "Now" photo was taken from the top of the Old City wall at the Lion's Gate in June 1995. This view, from a location slightly north of where the 1952 photo was taken. shows the Garden of Gethsemene and Church of All Nations at the lower left. Above them is the Church of Mary Magdelene. At the upper right is the Jewish cemetery facing the Kidron Valley (also known as the Valley of Jehoshaphat). At the top of the photo is the Seven Arches Hotel.

The primary visible change is the growth of the trees. Not visible is the development that has occurred on the Mount of Olives in the open area on the left side of the 1952 photo.

The Church of All Nations was built in 1919-24 on the site of earlier Byzantine and Crusader era churches.

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The 1952 photo was taken by Dr. Marshall Welles. The 1995 photo is by the author. Photos may be reproduced only with the consent of the author.