Paternoster Church

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Paternoster Church
Blackboard with the German text des Vaterunsers

The Paternoster Church (Our Father Church) is a Roman Catholic church building in Jerusalem . It is located on the Mount of Olives at the point where Jesus Christ is said to have taught his disciples the Our Father prayer.


At the current location of the Paternoster Church, the Constantinian Eleona Church (Church of the Assumption) was built over a grotto around 330 . However, this church was destroyed by the Persians in 614. The property, which has been the birthplace of the Our Father since the Crusader period , was acquired in 1868 by the French Princess Aurelie de La Tour d'Auvergne . In 1874/75 the present church was built, which is looked after by French Carmelites , originally with 39 versions of the prayer.

It was not until 1911 that the grotto under the church was rediscovered, of whose existence the princess was always convinced, but could not uncover it.

On the walls of the vestibule and the cloister there are majolica panels with the text of Our Father in 140 languages; the German can be found in the southern cloister . The collection has been continuously expanded and updated to the current wording over the decades. Inside the church there are also plates with the Our Father in Braille in important languages ​​such as German, English and French.

Individual evidence

  1. Ute Verstegen: The architectural staging of the Christian places of remembrance in the Holy Land - architectural semantic considerations on a Constantinian innovation concept . In: INSITU. Zeitschrift für Architekturgeschichte 7 (2/2015), pp. 151–170 (157ff.).
  2. Jerusalem - Pater Noster Church ( Memento of the original from February 1, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Church of Pater Noster at See the Holy Land

Web links

Commons : Our Father's Church  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 31 ° 46 ′ 41.2 "  N , 35 ° 14 ′ 41.7"  E