By Ken Horn | March 5, 2013
Dominus Flevit means “The Lord Wept.” This is a Franciscan church on the upper western slope of the Mount of Olives. It commerorates and marks the place believed to be the site of Luke 19:41-44: “Now as He [Jesus] drew near, He saw the city [Jerusalem] and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.’”
This was fulfilled when the Romans under Titus destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70.
The church was designed by Italian architect Anton Barluzzin and built in 1954, and features structures shaped like tears. It stands over the ruins of a 7th-century church. Some mosaics from that church are still here.
According to the Israel Ministry of Tourism, the church “is a beautiful teardrop chapel which was only built in 1955 over the site of a Byzantine construction. It commemorates the occasion of Jesus looking at the city of Jerusalem and, when realizing that it was going to destroy itself by violence, weeping bitterly.
“In the grounds are the remains of the Byzantine church, as well as part of the first century necropolis that surrounded the city. The view is extraordinary. “
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