The Cenacle, believed to be the site of Jesus’ Last Supper, is located on Mount Zion, in the same building that holds the Tomb of King David, the ancestor of the Messiah and the founder of the Old City, which has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries.
The nearby Dormition Abbey, built in 1898 on the site of Virgin Mary’s Assumption to Heaven by the German Benedictines, continues to be a special place of spiritual inspiration for many Catholic pilgrims.
- Currency: Shekel
- Local time: GMT +2 hours
- Airports: Tel Aviv - Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)
- Flight duration: 5 hours approximately
- Languages: Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages; many people speak English
- Climate: Mediterranean climate with long, hot and dry summers followed by short, cool to warm, wet winters; snow is possible inland on high ground at the height of winter
- Voltage: 230V A/C. The standard for H plugs (local incompatible plug with 3 flat Y-shaped pins) and sockets was recently modified to use round pins, so most modern sockets accept both type C (Europlug with 2 round pins) and type H plugs; type M sockets are used for air conditioners; identical plugs and sockets also used in the Palestinian National Authority areas
- Visa: not required for Ireland & UK citizens; nationals of other countries are advised to check with the relevant authorities
- Passport: Ireland & UK passport holders travelling to Israel and Palestine must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel six months beyond the date of return; nationals of other countries are advised to check with the relevant authorities