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.

The Last Supper Room – Cenacle

Photo: Ron Peled