The Place Where Jesus Held the Last Supper in Jerusalem (Cenacle - Cenaculum)?


Video from Zahi Shaked. Israeli tour guide צחי שקד. מורה דרך


"On mount Zion is one of the most impressive sites in Jerusalem - the Last Supper Room also called Cenaculum Known also as the Cenaculum, according to Christian tradition, Jesus sat in this specific hall on the last Passover night before captured at Gethsemane and trialed to death by crucifixion. During that meal, Jesus stated the wine and bread his disciples are consuming symbolize his flesh and blood. To this day the Sunday Mass contains a symbolic consumption of Jesus' flesh and blood. The Cenaculum is visited by crowds of excited Christian pilgrims on daily basis and was part of the itinerary of three Popes who visited the holy land in the years 1964, 2000, and 2009. The room itself is really a Crusader structure dating to the 12th-13th Century, but by tradition, its origins are from Roman times. The structure also bears a Muslim prayer niche facing Mecca attesting that this room used to be also a mosque in the past. Below the Last Supper Room is a compound consecrating the tomb of King David by Jewish tradition. This means that the whole building is uniquely sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike." from video introduction.


"This is certainly not the way the room looked at the time of Jesus. It also contains a mihrab, a Muslim prayer niche, that dates to the 16th century. In addition to being the site of the Last Supper, this “upper room” is also thought to be the site of the descent of the Spirit on Pentecost (Acts 2). Interestingly, the room is located directly above the traditional (but very probably unhistorical) tomb of King David.

So where does that leave us? Archaeologists tend to be skeptical about the prospects of finding the real Last Supper guestroom. If this was a room rented out for one evening, it would not contain any lasting physical evidence of Jesus’ presence. But excavations of the Jewish Quarter in the 1970s have revealed some interesting possibilities. Perhaps the room where Jesus ate the Last Supper looked a bit more like this, a first century house found under the buildings of the modern Jewish Quarter." from the article Where Did Jesus Eat The Last Supper?

Example of What the Upper Room Looked Like

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