The Abbey of the Dormition with its blue conical roof and clock tower seen from the East Jerusalem - It is also called Hagia-Maria-Sion Abbey, named after the Byzantine church

The Abbey of the Dormition with its blue conical roof and clock tower seen from the East Jerusalem - It is also called Hagia-Maria-Sion Abbey, named after the Byzantine church

This abbey and the name of a Benedictine community in Jerusalem on Mt. Zion, outside the city walls and close to the Zion Gate

This abbey and the name of a Benedictine community in Jerusalem on Mt. Zion, outside the city walls and close to the Zion Gate

Here abbey is seen between the two streets - street on the left goes to the Tomb of King David (Prophet David), the street on right brings visitors to the abbey

Here abbey is seen between the two streets - street on the left goes to the Tomb of King David (Prophet David), the street on right brings visitors to the abbey

The land on which the Dormition Church is built  was given to Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany by the Ottoman sultan in 1898

The land on which the Dormition Church is built was given to Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany by the Ottoman sultan in 1898

Interior of the Dormition Abbey - this abbey commemorates the

Interior of the Dormition Abbey - this abbey commemorates the "falling asleep" (dormitio) of the Virgin Mary (Hazrat Miriam)

Ceiling of the Dormition Abbey - the church was built on the site from 1901-1910

Ceiling of the Dormition Abbey - the church was built on the site from 1901-1910

The main church is round and well lit and it's walls are decorated with mosaics

The main church is round and well lit and it's walls are decorated with mosaics

This photo depicts Mary holding infant Jesus and greets pilgrims

This photo depicts Mary holding infant Jesus and greets pilgrims

The two lower niches depict the Annunciation, with inscriptions on the right niche:

The two lower niches depict the Annunciation, with inscriptions on the right niche: "I am the Lord's servant"; and on the left: "Hail, full of grace"

The chapel that is the first on the left of the center depicts Mary holding child Jesus, surrounded by Bavarian bishops

The chapel that is the first on the left of the center depicts Mary holding child Jesus, surrounded by Bavarian bishops

In the center left chapel - John the Baptist standing on the banks of the Jordan river

In the center left chapel - John the Baptist standing on the banks of the Jordan river

"Sleeping Mary" is located in a crypt which is accessed by two spiral staircases

Mary's deathbed is made of ivory and cherrywood

Mary's deathbed is made of ivory and cherrywood

Her deathbed is surrounded by six pillars

Her deathbed is surrounded by six pillars

A small chapel located at the end of a hall

A small chapel located at the end of a hall

This photos depicts Mary at her deathbed

This photos depicts Mary at her deathbed