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Church of Saint Mary Magdalena

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Address: Gethsemane Convent, Jerusalem, Israel
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Fantastic Russian Orthodox Church with Unique Spirit!

We made a special pilgrimage to the church which is only open for a few hours each week so you'll need to plan ahead! The church is absolutely magnificant with brightly shining... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a special pilgrimage to the church which is only open for a few hours each week so you'll need to plan ahead! The church is absolutely magnificant with brightly shining golden domes beneath a deep blue sky. The interior is full of wonderful Russian Icons and you can purchase candles if you wish to pray! At the ground... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

I was with a group of Russian friends when we visited so, although I am not Russian orthodox, we were able to visit (note: it is open to others only Tuesday and Thursday mornings) The Church of Mary Magdalene, which we could see while atop the Mount of Olives, was built by Tsar Alexander III in the traditional Russian style... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

the place is a church for the greek orthodox so if you are not one of them it is harder to get in. tuesday noon it is open for everyone but usually it is not easy for non orthodox. i got lucky to visit with a group from cyprus so we could go inside easily and we had a lovely... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

From the Old City it’s a beautiful sight. Getting there wasn’t so easy. They could use some better signage. When we finally got there we walked inside to find that it’s essentially a beautiful foyer. It would have been better if we just settled for seeing it from afar.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

A beautiful rusion chruch next to the olive mountain. My advice is to put the Sandra song and to fill this place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This Church is open to non-Orthodox visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00-12:00. As you enter the grounds of the church you wander through lush and serene gardens. We were keen to see the tomb of Princess Alice, mother in law of Queen Elizabeth but was unavailable. Instead we saw the tombs of 2 saints, Elizabeth and Barbara. We were... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful church in Russian architecture dedicated to Mary Magdalene. It's only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12 pm. The domes are a sight to behold. The interiors are done beautifully. It's very peaceful in there.

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Copperas Cove, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

From anywhere in Jerusalem you see the beautiful Golden Domes and wonder what is inside there. As you walk down the Mt. Olivet you see the large stone wall with only a steal door with a lock. On our pilgrimage, our Eastern Orthodox Melkite Greek Father was able to talk the young nun into letting us visit for a short... More 

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Loreto, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I was struck by the beautiful Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. It is good to make a walk to this place and you will be filled with the same love of Mary of Magdala.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Attention-getting architecture. I found the entry gate...."the green door." I was not allowed to enter because I am not Orthodox. Be sure to snap a photo of the beautiful golden domes.

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