Historical Significance
  • Chapel stands where medieval pilgrims identified a rock as the one on which Jesus sat when he wept over the fate of Jerusalem.
  • Designed in the shape of a teardrop by Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi.
  • A preserved mosaic floor is from a 5th century monastery.
  • Many archaeological items were unearthed here, including a group of ancient ossuaries, or bone boxes, preserved in a grotto on the right as you enter the site.
Biblical Significance
  • Luke 19  The name means “The Lord wept” – preserved the New Testament story of Jesus’ sorrowful prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem.