Exploring the Last Supper Room

A Sacred Space Filled with History and Symbolism

The Last Supper Room, also known as “Cenaculum” in the Catholic Christian world, holds great significance for believers. This sacred space is a testament to the memorable Passover meal Jesus shared with his disciples before his capture and trial. Today, the site welcomes visitors of all religions, providing a glimpse into history while offering breathtaking views of the Dormition Church, the old city’s walls, and Mount Olives from its rooftop vantage point.

Unveiling the Significance of the Last Supper Room

According to the New Testament, Jesus imparted powerful symbolism during the Last Supper. He presented his disciples with wine, representing his blood that would soon be shed, and bread, likely matzah, symbolizing his body sacrificed for the sake of his followers. Among the hall’s intriguing features, a column adorned with a depiction of pelican chicks peering into their mother’s heart stands in one corner. This image, prevalent in Christian art from the Middle Ages, symbolizes Christ’s self-sacrifice for humanity, mirroring the mother pelican’s readiness to give her life for her young.

Throughout history, the Last Supper Room has witnessed other significant events. On the Pentecost following Jesus’ crucifixion, his disciples and his mother, Mary, gathered here. Filled with the Holy Spirit, they began speaking in unknown languages, embarking on a mission to spread Christianity to diverse nations. The Christian holiday of Pentecost, marking the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, is celebrated as a remarkable milestone in the Last Supper Room. It coincides with the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, further highlighting the interconnectedness of different faiths.

A Tapestry of History and Faith

Constructed approximately 800 years ago by the Crusaders, the hall we stand in today formed part of a grand church built upon the remnants of an early Byzantine church. Over time, it underwent renovations in 1335 by the Franciscan monks, known as the guardians of the Holy Land, taking on its present form. Beneath our feet lies the tomb of King David, who holds immense significance in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. As Jesus is considered a descendant of the House of David according to the New Testament, this connection amplifies the complex’s historical importance and has, at times, sparked conflicts throughout the generations.

A glimpse towards the southern wall reveals a Muslim prayer alcove, a “Mihrab,” added during the 16th century. This addition demonstrates the hall’s transition into a mosque when the Franciscan monks were expelled from the Mount Zion compound. The harmonious blend of cultures is beautifully showcased through the hall’s architectural details. While Gothic-Christian influences are evident in the pointed window sills and arches, the window panes display stunning Muslim artistry. Arabic inscriptions in a stylized script further adorn the walls, offering an enchanting fusion of diverse cultural elements.

Preserving the Sanctity of the Last Supper Room

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the country has assumed responsibility for safeguarding the holy sites on Mount Zion, including the Last Supper Room. This location’s sanctity is exemplified by the masses held here by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, affirming its deep significance within Christianity.

Experience the Last Supper Room at Ambassadeur Hotel

To gain a deeper understanding of the Last Supper Room’s rich history and symbolism, visit Ambassadeur Hotel. Immerse yourself in the mystique of this sacred space, where the echoes of the past intertwine with breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Discover more about Ambassadeur Hotel here.