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Tomb of Lazarus, Jerusalem

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The Tomb of Lazarus is a traditional spot of pilgrimage located in the West Bank town of al-Eizariya, traditionally identified as the biblical village of Bethany, on the southeast slope of the Mount of Olives, some 2.4 km (1.5 miles) east of Jerusalem. The tomb is the purported site of a miracle recorded in the Gospel of John in which Jesus resurrects Lazarus.HistoryThe site, sacred to both Christians and Muslims, has been identified as the tomb of the gospel account since at least the 4th century AD. As the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 states, however, while it is "quite certain that the present village formed about the traditional tomb of Lazarus, which is in a cave in the village", the identification of this particular cave as the actual tomb of Lazarus is "merely possible; it has no strong intrinsic or extrinsic authority." Archeologists have established that the area was used as a cemetery in the 1st century AD, with tombs of this period found "a short distance north of the church."Several Christian churches have existed at the site over the centuries. Since the 16th century, the site of the tomb has been occupied by the al-Uzair Mosque. The adjacent Roman Catholic Church of Saint Lazarus, built between 1952 and 1955 under the auspices of the Franciscan Order, stands upon the site of several much older ones. In 1965, a Greek Orthodox church was built just west of the tomb.
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  • We have visited this important place for Christians. Not sure what happens here to visit independently. Admission to the need to pay a nominal amount from the neighbouring stalls suitable controller. Then is not the most convenient and a bit risky descent to a place where there was a burial Cave of St. Lazarus. The cave is located at a few people
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  • History is a wonderful thing, the facts and stories bring interest to places and people. Compliments to the people and authorities for preserving these places of historical importance for generations ...  more »
  • According to the biblical writings the resurrection of Lazarus was something impressive to Jesus. His best friend was killed and He was there to get him out of death. This place is a small lobby with a small internal guarding the cave tomb. Paid access place, you can negotiate the value with the Arabs of the place. People very receptive. Very quiet location. Went on a Thursday.
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  • The safest place in Eizariah. Very well taken care of with really nice renovation made by the usaid
  • Beautiful place in El'ezarya - Jerusalem
  • Tomb of Lazarus is located closer to Church of St. Lazarus
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  • Beautiful church, but the journey there is adventurous: and not so pleasant
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