Where to go Guide
Al Tur (meaning ‘the Mount’ in Arabic) is a Palestinian village situated on the Mount of Olives, with centuries of documented history and many archeological discoveries going back to ancient times. As in Silwan, the earliest inhabitants are thought to be Canaanites. The Mount of Olives offers the single best vantage point for panoramic views of the entire city of Jerusalem.
The Mount of Olives pulsates with church life, from the Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit to the Church of All Nations, the Church of Mary Magdalene, and the Church of Mary’s Tomb. An outstanding feature of the Mount of Olives lies at its base – the Garden of Gethsemane and one of the best ways to approach the garden is to walk down the hill from the mount and into the garden, seeing the Old City emerge at different levels as you approach. Al Tur’s churches share the neighborhood with some of Jerusalem’s most prominent mosques which include the Khled Ibn Al-Walid Mosque and the Salman Al-Farisi Mosque. Al Tur is also the burial site of Mujir Edin Alami, a renowned Arab scholar who wrote one of the seminal historical texts on Jerusalem.