Also known as the Basilica of the Agony, the Church of All Nations, is located in Jerusalem next to the Garden of Gethsemane. Both can be found at the very bottom of the Mount Olives. To many followers of Christianity, this Catholic Church (run by the Franciscans) is very important. The church has in its possession a piece of the stone, which according to Matthew was where Jesus prayed before his arrest.
The church’s foundation stands on the wreckage of two former churches; one from the Byzantine Era and the other from the time of the Crusaders. The church you will see today was built between the years 1919-1924. The church received generous funding to build from 12 countries; this is how it got the name ‘The Church of All Nations’. As a thank you gesture from the church, each of the countries that contributed funds has its national symbol incorporated into the gold ceilings.
Inside the church are beautiful mosaics depicting biblical events that took place in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Church’s alter, located in the center of the hall overlooks a large piece of rock which is believed to be the rock Jesus prayed in agony, on the night of his arrest.