Valley of the Cross

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Coordinates: 31°46′23″N 35°12′27″E / 31.77306°N 35.20750°E / 31.77306; 35.20750

The valley of the cross and the monastery in the snow

The Valley of the Cross (Hebrew: עמק המצלבה‎ Emek Hamatzlevah) is a valley in western Jerusalem, named after the Monastery of the Cross which is located in the valley.[1]

The monastery was built in the 11th century, during the reign of King Bagrat IV by the Georgian Giorgi-Prokhore of Shavsheti. It is believed that the site was originally consecrated in the 4th century under the instruction of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, who later gave the site to the Georgian King Mirian III of Iberia after the conversion of his country to Christianity in 327.[2]

On the valley's west side is the hill of Givat Ram, with the Israel Museum and the Knesset overlooking the valley. On its east is the neighborhood of Rehavia.

The Tzofim scout movement maintains its Jerusalem headquarters in the Valley of the Cross. The Jerusalem headquarters of Bnei Akiva, a religious youth movement is also located there.[3]


  1. ^ Georgia's new ambassador to Israel bears a heavy cross, Haaretz
  2. ^ The Wellspring of Georgian Historiography: The Early Medieval Historical Chronicle The Conversion of Katli and The Life of St. Nino, Constantine B. Lerner, England: Bennett and Bloom, London, 2004, p. 35
  3. ^ "Bnei Akiva and Meretz youth protest for Pollard". Archived from the original on 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2012-04-23.