Rachel's Tomb, Bethlehem, Bethlehem

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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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  • No one minds difficulty in getting to see somewhere historical if the end result is a worthwhile sight, but to find a formerly beautiful building encased in concrete is deeply saddening. Inside it is ...  more »
  • Visited Rachel's tomb with my wife and teenage daughter. This is a Jewish sanctuary where many were gathered to pray. There was little to see for a tourist but it is an important religious site. 
  • There is not much to see here as a tourist but it adds to the local history of the ancient Jewish people. It might have been more fun if there hadn't been people outside throwing rocks at the visitors...  more »
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  • If the IDF give this to authority Palestine the local been profaneded,Joseph's tomb had in fire 157 and the Palestine authority dont to anything!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • The place where all our prayers are answered.