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Garden of Gethsemanè


The place in modern Jerusalem claimed by a number of church denominations to be the Garden of Gethsemanè, where Jesus came to pray with his disciples, and where Judas betrayed Him. Modern scholarship acknowledges that the location of Gethsemane is unknown. Gethsemanè means "place of the olive press" and according to indications from the Gospels, Gethsemane was somewhere on or around the Mount of Olives - which is quite a big area. This supposed Gethsemanè is basically what is left of an olive grove, with some footpaths and recent attempts at gardening.


The olive trees are said to be left over and recovered after the Romans burned down the groves in 70 AD. Recent carbo dating on the trees in 2012, found that the oldest sample dated from 1092 AD.



comments (15)

Nicely done, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Graeme
  • Martine
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2016, 02:31
Jolie désaturation. J'aime bien ces petites fleurs rouges.
Louis: Merci, Martine. Les fleurs sont roses; si ma mémoire me sert bien.
Hmmm. Maybe not the exact place then? But look at your selective coloring!
Louis: All we know is, that it is somewhere on Mount Olives. This is also on the Mount of Olives. So, by coincidence ... one will never know smile
But it visually sets the scene Louis, and who knows?
  • Ray
  • Not United States
  • 8 Aug 2016, 06:45
1000 years old Olive Trees...very shapely, Louis!
Louis: Way back, I posted this one http://louis.shutterchance.com/theme/1-all-themes/image/2006/09/10/after-2000-harvests--the-olive-tree/ In Greece and about 2,000 + years old. Also shapely.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 8 Aug 2016, 07:06
The olive trees are still very old, Louis. I had no idea they could live so long
Louis: Way back, I posted this one from Greece http://louis.shutterchance.com/theme/1-all-themes/image/2006/09/10/after-2000-harvests--the-olive-tree/ said to be more than 2,000 years old. They do grow very old, Lisl.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands... just below sealevel.
  • 8 Aug 2016, 07:09
This proves that olive oil is good for you... just kidding, this is a great picture and love the selective colouring in it.
Louis: I am a definite fan of olive oil. You remember Popeye's girlfriend - Olive Oil? She was also always good for him smile Thanks for the comment, Astrid.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Aug 2016, 07:31
Wouldn't it be interesting if the actual location could be found
Louis: That would be something, indeed, Chris. Though not far fetched. They just need to dig up a detailed map of Jerusalem and surrounds in the year nil, and many of the disputes will be solved.
Wonderful gnarled old trees
Louis: There is always something special about olive trees, for me.
What a fascinating photo! Love the trees.
Louis: Thank you Mary. Your b&w's of pools, shrubs and trees, were the inspiration for this one.
carbon dating.. hmm.. interesting.. a wonderful photo, Louis - very effective with the selective colouring.
Louis: I am not a hot an of carbon dating - too many statistical extrapolations, there. Thank for the comment, Ayush.
Another interesting narrative and what a good way of presenting this.
Louis: Thank you Brian. The Arts and Crafts read was an interesting one.
I like this picture. The spots of red really draw the eye.
Louis: Thank you Bill. They were the only spots of colour in the garden, so I thought it will be good to keep them.
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2016, 00:28
Very interesting interpretive shot. And thank you for your description of the trees - quite amazing.
Louis: Thank you Beth. The olive tree is the single most useful plant that the old Israelites could keep.
this is soo special Louis...
the flowers speak if the passion of Jesus!!

drop in today if you can... it is Penny's birthday....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. These red roses were the only colour objects in the picture (green doesn't count in this instance) and they so happened to be the right colour.

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