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  • Located East of Jerusalem, the Mt of Olives is the location of many biblical events and the location of many pilgrimage sites. Among the most important are the Chapel of the Ascension, a small shrine, now a mosque marking the place where Jesus is believed to have ascended to heaven; the Church of Pater Noster, recalling Christ’s teaching of the Lord’s Prayer. This church features translations of the prayer in 140 languages, inscribed on colorful ceramic plaques; Dominus Flevit, a church in the shape of a teardrop, commemorating the Gospel incident in which Jesus wept over the future fate of Jerusalem; and the Tomb of Mary, a dimly-lit, below-ground church where a Christian tradition says the Mother of Jesus was buried.