Search
 

 More From Region

 

Cities:

Monastery of the Cross

The Monastery of the Cross enshrines an ancient tradition that the tree from which the cross of Jesus was made grew here

On this Page:

Monastery of the Cross

The Monastery of the Cross, located in the Valley of the Cross in central Jerusalem, enshrines an ancient tradition that the tree from which the cross of Jesus was made grew here.

The monastery, near the Israel Museum and the Knesset, welcomes visitors daily to explore it and relax at its shady courtyard café. The tree is said to have been planted by Lot, who after realizing his sins, came to Abraham who gave him branches from pine, fir and cypress trees.

Lot planted them, and they grew miraculously into one tree, in the spirit of Isaiah 60:13. The church, dating from the Byzantine period, is adorned with frescoes and an intricate mosaic floor.

Behind the altar, paintings depict the story of the tree. In the eleventh century, the monastery was restored by the Georgians, whose national poet, Shota Rustaveli, is said to have resided here when he wrote his epic work “the Knight in the Panther’s Skin.” The monastery also contains a small museum of ethnic costumes and church art. 

 

 

 Sites & Attractions

 
Israel's current official presidential residence was constructed while Zalman Shazar se...
An academic branch of Brigham Young University for Middle Eastern Studies, built at the...
. Mount Herzl. The State of Israel’s national cemetery was named after the state visio...
The House of Representatives of the State of Israel, comprising a plenary, conference r...
Memorial established on the Jordanian military post, with a permanent exhibition on the...
Avshalom’s Shrine. An ornate monument from the first century BCE, said to be the tomb o...
 

 Accommodations

 
​Located in the heart of Jerusalem, overlooking the biblical landscape of Jerusalem. A ...
​In The Hotel 28 rooms.
​The hotel is situated in the core of the center of down town Jerusalem, within walking...
​The hotel is located in the center of the city, close to tourist attractions, shopping...
Christian Sites