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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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  • 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 ...  read 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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  • It is worth going to Bethany to know the tomb of Lazarus and the Church-sanctuary, which is built in the place. Very interesting for those who profess the Christian faith. We traveled from Jerusalem public bus, and very easy is to reach, just be sure to get off at the correct stop (already well into the main route from the city of Bethany, which is pronounced "Elazaría"). The Church is led by the Catholic Franciscan priests. It is a modern construction (1952 - 53) that is located on the old sanctuary, which has news from the beginning of the 4TH century. and that suffered modifications and successive constructions throughout history. The current entrance to the tomb was excavated by the Franciscans in 1613. To reach the Tomb should reach a small entrance that has a sign indicating that this is the tomb and move down the street which is on the side of the sanctuary. Paid an entrance, fairly cheap, and you have to descend stairs hsata reach the site of the Tomb (as many archaeological remains, with the passage of time is now fairly under the ground level). The part outside of the Tomb itself would be from which Christ called his friend Lazarus when he was dead, which is pretty exciting for a believer. the tomb is scrollable and even it is possible to enter the site where the body of Lazarus, would have stayed but for that you have to descend through a hole, the grave is dug down. It is quite small, but is worthwhile and I recommend this visit for all Christians.
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  • Beautiful place in El'ezarya - Jerusalem
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