The grotto in the grounds of the Pater Noster church, away from the city and on the top of Mount Olives, is believed to mark the spot where Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). The grotto is all that remains of the fourth century Byzantine Eleona Church.

Rebuilt by the Crusaders and destroyed by Saladin, the grounds were bought by the French Princess de la Tour d’Auvergne during her visit to the Holy Land and given to the Carmelite Sisters. She is buried at the entrance to the church.

Along the walls of the restored Crusader cloister are over eighty plaques with the words of the Lord’s Prayer in different languages. These include the original Hebrew alongside the Aramaic and even, phonetically in Latin letters, languages which have no written script.

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