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Church of Mary Magdalene (10 images)

Church of Mary Magdalene (10 images)

The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene is located on the western slope of the Mount of Olives, between the Catholic Garden of Gethsemane and Dominus Flevit.

It is a (white) Russian Orthodox Church built by the Czar Alexander III in 1888.  The church was dedicated to Alexander's mother, Maria, but is named after Saint Mary Magdalene who was a follower of Jesus and is associated with anointing his body.  She was at the foot of the cross (John 19:25), and Jesus first appeared to her after his resurrection (John 20:1).

While under construction a tombstone was found (from the Second Temple Period) mentioning the Old Testament Judean king Uzziah. At one time it must have marked a secondary burial of the king. This artifact is now in the Israel Museum.