Tours of Jerusalem may include a walk down the Mount of Olives. This is the site of a Jewish cemetery where the faithful have been buried for centuries awaiting the Messiah's return. Christians believe the Messiah arrived in the form of Jesus. The Mount of Olives is a central place to the Holy Week traditions of Palm Sunday
, the Agony in the Garden, the betrayal and arrest of Jesus, and his ascension into heaven. It also provides a stunning view of Jerusalem.
The walk is about a half mile and descends 400 feet. Those walking down the Mount of Olives should wear sturdy shoes as the path is steep and there are some areas of gravel. Dress for respect of the holy sites of many faiths. Men should wear long pants rather than shorts. Women should wear pants or skirts that are below the knee and should have a garment to put on that covers their arms to past their elbows.