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Photographer's Note

When the sun is low in the late afternoon, you understand why the city is nicknamed "Jerusalem of Gold", especially in the old city, but also on the hills surrounding it.

Basically the Mount of Olives is a huge cemetery (see below), going back to biblical times.

When the mount was controlled by Jordan (1948-1967) a large part of the cemetery was destroyed to make room for a road (I have included the truck so the road is more evident, also for scale), and the Seven Arches Hotel on the summit (then called Intercontinental Hotel, in 1964 the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was created in a meeting there).

Jesus is said to have spent a good deal of time on the mount, teaching to his disciples (Matthew 24-25), returning after each day to rest (Luke 21:37), and also coming there on the night of his betrayal (Matthew 26:39).

Some decades later, in the year 70 AD, the mighty 10th Legion of the Roman Army camped on the mount during the Siege of Jerusalem, that ultimately led to the destruction of the city, and the spreading of Jews all over the world.

On the cemetery: the Mount of Olives is cited as the place where the dead will be resurrected in the days of the Messiah. For this reason, Jews have always sought to be buried there, and from biblical times until today, the mountain has been used as a Jewish cemetery.

There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, including the tombs of biblical figures such as Zechariah and Avshalom.

Notable people from modern times buried in the mount: former Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin; British media tycoon Robert Maxwell; Shmuel Agnon (1970 Nobel Prize in Literature); Eliezer Ben Yehuda (created the modern Hebrew language).

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