The traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane is being maintained by the Church of All Nations near the base of the Mt. of Olives. The word Gethsemane had a meaning associated with an olive press. A nearby cave containing an olive press is one of the theoretical sites where Jesus spent the night during times he was teaching in Jerusalem. The cave was about a stone's throw from this olive grove. Jesus kept watch then went back to try to warn his disciples to get up and go but they were too weary and did not awaken in time. Jesus defended his disciples when sought by the mob. They were able to escape and lived to carry on his ministry after his resurrection.
The church to the right was named, "The Church of All
Nations". To the left of the church is the traditional site of the
garden of Gethsemane pictured above. Further left circled in
yellow is the "Cave of Agony", commemorative of Jesus' hiding place.
Inside the cave there was an olive crushing area carved into the floor,
and a channel to an oil reservoir below. The meaning of
Gethsemane from Aramaic was "olive press". There were also other
caves across the Kidron Valley on the slopes of the Mt. of Olives.