We need your help, can you chip in?

The Madain Project is growing faster than ever before, and we need your help. As an independent nonprofit, we build and maintain all our own systems, but we don’t charge for access, sell user information, or run ads—instead we're powered by donations averaging $20.

No donation is small, you can make your contributions here. :)

Church of All Nations (Basilica of Agony)

The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where according to biblical tradition Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. The church was designed by Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi and is currently held in trust by the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.


The Facade of the Church is supported by a row of Corinthian columns with evangalists' statues atop each column. The columns and statues are set below a modern mosaic depicting Jesus Christ as mediator between God and man, designed by Giulio Bargellini. On the summit of the façade stand two stags on either side of a cross.


The interior of the Church is divided by six columns into three aisles, but with an even ceiling lacking a clerestory. This design gives the impression of one large open hall. The coat-of-arms of twelve of the countries from which donations originated are incorporated into the ceiling, each in a separate, small dome (inspect), and also into the interior mosaics.


The bedrock (rock of agony) where Jesus is believed to have prayed, before the main alter in the central hall. The crown around the bedrock itself was a gift of Australia, depicting the crown of thorns placed on Jesus' head by Romans.


See Also