Grandad’s WWII Diary – Church of All Nations & Church of Virgin Mary – 1942 Jerusalem

In my Grandfather’s War Diary entry from Friday August 21 1942, he visits Jerusalem & Bethlehem.  He said ” Returned to Jerusalem for lunch.  Afternoon taken over the Way of the Cross.  Saw Garden of Gethsemane in which stands Church of All Nations & Church of Virgin Mary.   Visited Pilates residence then followed Our Lord’s path to Calvary stopping at the various stations. Saw place where Christ died & Holy Sepulchre – wonderful jewels of Statue of Virgin Mary.”

He most likely took (or purchased) these photos on this visit that day.

The comments under the photos are his own words from the backs of the photos.

Altar of Church of "All Nations" showing mosaic work - Jerusalem
Altar of Church of “All Nations” showing mosaic work – Jerusalem
Church of Virgin Mary - Jerusalem
Church of Virgin Mary – Jerusalem
Front of Church of All Nations, Garden of Gethsemane - Jerusalem
Front of Church of All Nations, Garden of Gethsemane – Jerusalem
Inside this building is the stone with Christ's last footprint on Earth embedded on it - Mount of Olives - Jerusalem
Inside this building is the stone with Christ’s last footprint on Earth embedded on it – Mount of Olives – Jerusalem
Looking towards Mount of Olives - Garden of Gethesmane - Church of All Nations - Jerusalem
Looking towards Mount of Olives – Garden of Gethesmane – Church of All Nations – Jerusalem
One of the Eight Olive Trees believed to be growing when Christ was on Earth - Jerusalem
One of the Eight Olive Trees believed to be growing when Christ was on Earth – Jerusalem
View of Solomon's Wall - Jerusalem
View of Solomon’s Wall – Jerusalem
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5 comments

      • Seeing all the incredibly old buildings and churches would have been quite an experience. Also seventy five years ago, the population would have been smaller and the area would have been with a lower level of tension than today,

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