According to the Gospel of Mark, (Mark 14:32), after the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples came to a place named Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, Sit here while I pray’. Also at the same time, in the Gospel of Matthew ( Mathew 26:30) “after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives”.
Which one is it? Did they actually go to the Mount of Olives, or the Garden of Gethsemane? Or are they the same place?
The Mount of Olives is part of a mountain range that demarcates Jerusalem from the desert of Judae. Particularly, this “mountain” is the central peak, and resembles a large rocky hill. It was once a place of several olive trees.
Meanwhile, the Garden of Gethsemane is a garden that sits at the base of the Mount of Olives. Literally, the name means “oil press” and is another reference to the presence of olive tress in the area.
Finally, after the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples walked to the Mount of Olives, and to be specified, the Garden of Gethsemane that sits at its base.