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Christian pilgrims on a Holy Land tour to Israel are amazed when they learn that the gnarled olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are most likely been young saplings when Jesus came and prayed here with his disciples on that fateful night after the Last Supper (Matt. 26:36; Mark 14:32; John 18:1).

In the New Testament the Garden of Gethsemane is the place that Jesus and his disciples customarily visited, which allowed Judas to find him on the night of his arrest, and according to Luke 22:43–44, Jesus' anguish in Gethsemane was so deep that "his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Today when traveling to the Holy Land, the ancient trees are surrounded by manicured flower beds; the time Jesus’ walked these lands there would have been an olive grove where an olive oil-press – gethsemane in the Greek language – would have been located.

Adjacent to the Garden of Gethsemane is the beautiful Church of All Nations Catholic church build in 1920’s with a marvelous detailed mosaics: Jesus praying alone (Mark 14:35-36); Judas’ betrayal of Jesus (Matt. 26:48); the cutting off of the ear of the High Priest’s servant (Mark 14:47).

Across the rode is a less popular grove, where arrangements can be sometimes made for visitors to spend more quiet and private time for prayer.