Tomb of the Prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, Jerusalem

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The Tomb of the Prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi is an ancient burial site located on the upper western slope of the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem. According to a medieval Jewish tradition also adopted by Christians, the catacomb is believed to be the burial place of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, the last three Hebrew Bible prophets who are believed to have lived during the 6th-5th centuries BC. Archaeologists have dated the three earliest burial chambers to the 1st century BC, thus contradicting the tradition.Burial chamberThe chamber forms two concentric passages containing 38 burial niches. The entrance to the large rock-cut burial cave is on the western side, where a staircase descends, flanked on both sides by a stone balustrade. It leads into a large circular central vault measuring 24 ft in diameter. From it, two parallel tunnels, 5 ft wide and 10 ft high, stretch some 20 yards through the rock. A third tunnel runs in another direction. They are all connected by cross galleries, the outer one of which measures 40 yards in length.Research shows that the complex actually dates from the 1st-century BCE, when these style of tombs came into use for Jewish burial. Some Greek inscriptions discovered at the site suggest the cave was re-used to bury foreign Christians during the 4th and 5th centuries CE. On one of the side walls of the vault, a Greek inscription translates: Put thy faith in God, Dometila: No human creature is immortal!Holy siteThe site has been venerated by the Jews since medieval times, and they often visited the site. In 1882, Archimandrite Antonine (Kapustin) acquired the location for the Russian Orthodox Church. He planned to build a church at the site, which aroused strong protests by the Jews who visited and worshipped at the cave. The Ottoman courts ruled in 1890 that the transaction was binding but the Russians agreed not to display Christian symbols or icons at the site which was to remain accessible for people of all faiths.
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  • Very autethic. A great experience as there was no catholic influence. This can be a little too much... 
  • Part of the Russian Orthodox Church on the upper western slope of Mount of OLIVES CLIMB THE TRECK PASS THE jEWISH cEMETRY GATE ON the left is the area of the Tomb of the Prophets,on your right is the ...  read more »
  • The tomb of Zechariah is located next to the tomb of Absalom. Jews revere as a prophet of the old testament Zechariah. Christians link the tomb with the name of another priest and Zechariah the father of John the Baptist. There is a version that was also buried the Apostle James is the brother of Jesus and first bishop of Jerusalem. There are several dates of construction of the tomb is from the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD. There were later additions from the Byzantine period. Looks like a tomb, carved in the rock, very monumental. It is slightly smaller than the tomb of Absalom, but the construction height is approximately twelve meters is very encouraging.
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