The Basilica of the Agony was designed by Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi. It is also known as the Church of All Nations because the construction of the church was funded through donations collected from many countries. Each of the donating countries is honored by incorporating her coat of arms of each into the ceiling design.
The location of the church is believed to be the site where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of his arrest, and the interior of the church is dark to match the mood of the site. The building’s facade is stylistically mixed. It is supported by Corinthian columns borrowed from antiquity, but a mosaic, bubble domed roof and thick columns are characteristic of the Byzantine style.
Further up the hill, behind the Basilica of the Agony in this photograph, is the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. It was designed by Russian architect David Grimm and completed in 1886.
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Architecture -- Religious architecture -- Israel -- Jerusalem; Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- Byzantine revival (Architecture);
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