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William admires Jerusalem from Mount of Olives - the place Jesus prayed before his crucifixion

Thu 28 Jun 2018
By Press Association

The Duke of Cambridge enjoyed the breathtaking view of Jerusalem's Old City from the Mount of Olives on Thursday morning, as his tour of the Middle East came to an end.

Dressed in a beige linen suit, shirt, tie and sunglasses, William spent 20 minutes standing on a viewing point looking out over the sun-bathed city, marvelling at the sight below.

Famous landmarks including the Western Wall, Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre were pointed out by a guide from the British Embassy.

 

The Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge east of Jerusalem's Old City with stunning views of many of its ancient landmarks.

Named after the olive groves that once lined its slopes, it has great significance for Jews and Christians as many biblical events took place in the area.

In the Old Testament, King David fled over the Mount of Olives to escape when his son Absalom rebelled.

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In the New Testament, Jesus often walked over the Mount of Olives from the Temple to Bethany or went there to pray and rest. Luke 22 details how Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives before he was lbetrayed by Judas and later crucified.

He also went down over the Mount on his triumphal entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Reporting by Associated Press. Additional reporting by Premier's news team.

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