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Rachel's Tomb, Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
A place considered holy for three religions--Islam, Christianity, and Judaism--Rachel's Tomb, Bethlehem represents the alleged final resting place of the ancient Hebrew matriarch. Located in the northern regions of Bethlehem, the pilgrimage site attracts thousands of tourists and believers annually. Experience a feeling of togetherness in this place of mutual respect, where different religions come together to pray in harmony. Visit the handful of chapels and studies on site, and inspect the recently built wall around the tomb. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Bethlehem holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Rachel's Tomb, Bethlehem and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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The place it's self was very nice to visit. Significant in many ways. Learned so much about the tomb dweller. Good to see people of different faiths rever and pay their respect. The wall outside is re... read more »
קבר רחל ליד בית לחם הוא אחד האתרים היהודים החשובים בישראל. כיום ניתן להגיע לאתר ברכב פרטי או בתחבורה ציבורית. מומלץ מאוד.
We managed to visit this site on our way back from Bethlehem. Its proximity to the enormous security walls means there is a strong security presence. It is an interesting site and we would have stayed... read more »
1. There is no such state as Palestine. 2. The Tomb of Rachel was deliberately and specifically placed behind giant concrete walls to keep it under Israeli control and not under control of the Palestinian Authority. 3. Let's be honest, if the Arabs controlled Rachel's tomb either Jews would not be allowed to pray there (Like the Temple mount) and/or it would be continually desecrated (Like Joseph's Tomb in Nablus).
The place where Rachel was buried (upon the tradition). Sacred for Jews. Easy accessible by bus 163 from the CBS Jerusalem for 6.9 NIS. The bus enters Bethlehem in a tunnel with approx 5 meter walls from both sides since Bethlehem is in Palestinian autonomy and for Israeli Jews it is prohibited to visit the town, but the visit to the tomb is allowed. However everything seems absolutely secure. The place itself has much in common with the sacred funeral in Hebron, Mahpela. It was an interesting experience!
One of the oldest holy Jewish sites in the Holy Land, marking the place where Rachel died on the side of the road to Bethlehem (Genesis 35:19-20). Venerated to this day by Religious Jews, Rachel's tomb is now accessed by a narrow walled path, and looks more like a bunker.
Encased in security walls takes a bit away from the experience of visiting a free-standing structure but unlike Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, you can safely visit this holy site. Like most religious places, there is a separation of genders. You can just take the #163 bus in Jerusalem for 6.90 NIS.
David Joshua Wiener
Amazing place of historical significance to the entire world. Sad that it is almost like being at a bunker
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