At the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem (MP).
This sign is above the entrance to the Jerusalem City Court. The building used to belong to the Russian Mission. Apparently, the Court does not deny that the building still belongs to the Mission, but does not want to move out either...
In the Red Room at the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem (MP).
Inside the Gethsemane Grotto. For significance, see the next photo.
Inside the Gethsemane Grotto.
The tomb of St. Joseph to whom the Virgin Mary was betrothed.
The tomb (sarcophagus) of the Most Holy Theotokos.
The Jerusalem miracle-working icon of the Mother of God--located in the church that contains the tomb of the Theotokos.
Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The place where Jesus prayed "and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground" (Luke 22:44).
The olive tree under which the apostles slept while Jesus prayed (Luke 22:45).
Mt. Moriah on the background. The golden dome is the Dome of the Rock--a mosque which contains what may be the Foundation Rock or "Even haShetiya." According to tradition, the Foundation Rock is the first rock from which the rest of the Earth was created; it is the place from which God gathered dust to create Adam; it is the rock upon which Adam, Abel, and Noah offered their sacrifices to God, and upon which Abraham almost sacrifices Isaac; and in the First (Solomon's) Temple, upon this rock stood the Ark of the Covenant.
The Chapel of Ascension, marking the place from which Christ ascended into heaven (Luke 24:51).
The stone from which Jesus ascended into heaven (Luke 24:51).
The Ascension Convent on the Mount of Olives.
The so-called "Russian candle" at the Ascension Convent on the Mount of Olives.
The key to the Russian candle.
The view from the Russian candle.
The place where the head of John the Baptist was found.
With Abbess Moiseya at the Ascension Convent.
Excavations of the house of King David: David's fireplace.
Excavations of the house of King David.
Excavations of the house of King David: a toilet. Perhaps, this was King David's toilet
The pool of Siloah (Siloam), or the steps leading down to what used to be the pool.
The steps of the pool of Siloah (Siloam) (see John 9:7).
The place where St. Helen found the True Cross.
Entrance to the Holy Sepulcher.
Inside the Holy Sepulcher. What looks like a table to my left is the marble plate covering the place where Jesus Body lay when He was dead in the tomb.
The rock upon which an angel sat when the Myrrh-bearers came to the tomb.
A portion of the column to which Jesus was tied when the guards beat Him.
The tombs of Joseph and Nicodemus.
The place at the foot of Golgotha where the Most Holy Mother of God stood looking up at her crucified Son.
The marble plate covering the rock upon which Christ's Body was placed after it was taken down from the cross.
The place were the holy fire came in 1579, when the Orthodox Patriarch Sophronius IV was prevented from entering the Holy Sepulcher. So the fire instead appeared at the entrance to the church where Sophronius was standing near this column and lit the Patriarch's candles.
Wearing the vestments of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher in the Church of the Resurrection.
At the entrance to the Holy Sepulcher.