Church of All Nations



The Barluzzi chapel known as the Church of All Nations (or the Basilica of the Agony) marks the place associated with the Garden of Gethsemane. This urban garden was visited early and often by Christian pilgrims and continues to be a place of prayer today. The present structure was built in the 1920s over older foundations.

Gethsemane is mentioned in the gospels as the place where Jesus was “pressed” on the night of his arrest (See Matt 26 or Mark 14). It was here that he famously said “I want your will to be done, not mine” (Luke 22: 42).


As our current group of Explorers are nearing the end of their trip another is preparing to arrive. Summer is a busy time in the biblical Heartland.

If you are interested in experiencing the Garden of Gethsemane and a host of other sites for yourself, consider joining us next year. We have open seats for several trips in 2020 and 2021. We are booking new groups for 2022. Shoot me a note at or see our full list of study-travel opportunities at the link here.

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A modest structure rests in the Kidron Valley just outside of Jerusalem's walls. It shields a crypt that, according to tradition, once held the remains of Mary, mother of Jesus. Signage is absent but if one peers down into an enclosed courtyard just to the north of The Church of All Nations, it will be immediately visible.

The stonework of the façade and around the wide staircase just inside the door hails from the Crusader period. The tomb beneath is believed to be first century, albeit modified later in the Byzantine period. 

The New Testament does not report the end of Mary's life, although several early accounts--sometimes contradictory--speak of her life beyond the resurrection of Jesus.


Interested in visiting Israel/Palestine yourself?  Pastors, professors, and their spouses are invited to participate in a unique experience. Join us Jan 8-15, 2019, for a rich engagement with the Land of the Bible. Priced at a deep-discount level, this trip introduces leaders to the potential and pitfalls of group travel to this exciting part of the world. See the tab marked "Future Trips" at