Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery, Jerusalem

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Considered one of Jerusalem's major landmarks, Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery dates back more than 3,000 years. With the first burial on these grounds taking place in the First Temple Period, the site has grown to house approximately 70,000 tombs. Notable graves contain the remains of famed rabbis, artists, and political leaders. Many of the oldest tombs are located at the bottom of the mountain, in Kidron Valley. Make Mount of Olives Jewish Cemetery a centerpiece of your Jerusalem vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Jerusalem attractions website .
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  • this isn't a just come and see and it isn't nearly as fun as a New Orleans Cemetery, this stop either requires some preparation or a guide to tell you what you are looking at, other than a bunch of de...  more »
  • This necropolis is the most ancient and important Jerusalem cemetery. Burials began on Mount of Olives more than 3,000 year ago in the First Temple Period (Solomon’s Temple), and contains about 300,00...  more »
  • On the western flank of the Mount of olives, overlooking the Kidron Valley and looking at the esplanade of the Temple, thousands of Jewish graves accumulate since nearly three millennia until our days, in anticipation of the resurrection of the dead. The atmosphere is very mineral: the graves are in stone and we honor the dead by placing pebbles on the plates. An ideal place for spiritual contemplation (but plan to protect themselves from the Sun because there is no shade...).
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