Studium Theologicum Salesianum
Salesian Pontifical University : Faculty of Theology - Jerusalem Campus

Topographical visit
To Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the tomb of David, Cenacle and Dormition Abbey


2nd February 2017
ROGUS APPUGE Gayan Indika sdb

On 2nd of February 2017, the 1st year students of STS enjoyed their Topographical Visit to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, the tomb of David, the Cenacle and Dormition Abbey. We were given a detailed introduction and history of the site by Rev. Dr. Pol Vonck, M.Afr. 

Firstly, the group visited St. Peter’s church in Gallicantu. The church takes this name from the Latin word Gallicantu which means cock crows. The church was built to commemorate Peter’s three time-rejection of Jesus as was predicted by Jesus during the last supper.  The present church, located outside the city walls, was built around 1925 AD. According to history this is known to be where the high priest Caiaphas lived and also known to be where Jesus was questioned by the high priest and stayed the night in an underground cave before His trials.

Next the group went to visit the tomb of David. It is believed that this is the place where the Body of King David was buried. Many Jews come to venerate their great king in this place.  The group proceeded with a visit to the Upper Room or the Cenacle, where Jesus and His disciples gathered together to celebrate His Last Supper before the crucifixion. It was also here that He appeared to them after His Resurrection and where they received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The original Cenacle or Upper room was probably destroyed along with the rest of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The present cenacle dates from the Crusaders’ period.

Lastly, the group visited Dormition Abbey.  According to history, this is the place near the site of the Last Supper, where Mary died and ended her earthly life. In the Catholic Dogma of the Assumption of Mary, Christ’s Mother was taken in to heaven body and soul. The visit to Dormition Abbey marked the end of the topographical visit.






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