Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption)

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This is the traditional location of the tomb of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The site has a complex history, although most it is in a cave under a 14th-century facade. The site was owned at the time of our visit by the Greek Orthodox Church, although there is a sharing arrangement of various parts of the site (as with the Church of the Nativity) between Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and Muslim groups.

Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
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Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
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Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
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Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
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Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
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Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Gethsemene grotto
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Gethsemene grotto
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Gethsemene grotto
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Gethsemene grotto
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Mass in the grotto
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Mass in the grotto
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
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Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Mary's tomb
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Mary's tomb
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Mary's tomb
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Mary's tomb
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Sarcophogus
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Sarcophogus
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
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Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
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Church of the Tomb of the Virgin
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Orientalist discourse
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Orientalist discourse
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Golden Gate
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Golden Gate
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Tour buses at the bottom of the Mount of Olives
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Tour buses at the bottom of the Mount of Olives
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Tour buses outside the old city
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Tour buses outside the old city
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - The old city
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The old city
Church of the Tomb of the Virgin (Mary's Tomb / Church of the Assumption) - Mount of Olives
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Mount of Olives

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