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Entrance to the Tomb of Blessed Virgin Mary - Jerusalem
Middle East

The burial caves were cut into the rock in the 1st C AD. They were later expanded into a cross-shaped church with the tomb in its center. In the 6th C Ad an octagon shaped church was built on the upper level, covering the tomb. It was destroyed in the Persian invasion (614). During the Crusaders period a large church was built on the upper level, and a monastery was also added - the Abbey of St. Mary of the Valley of Jehoshaphat, which was protected by a wall. The staircase and entrance were also part of the Crusaders church. It was destroyed by Saladin (1187) and all what was left was the south entrance and staircase. The lower church was subjected to flooding, since it is adjacent to the Kidron brook. After the floods of 1972 the area was cleaned, and at that time there were archaeological excavations conducted here to determine the age of the complex. Today there are frequent visits by Christian pilgrims and other tourists. The highlight of the religious events is August 15, the feast of Assumption.

Copyright: Zoran Strajin
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12040x6020
Taken: 27/08/2010
Uploaded: 11/11/2010
Updated: 21/03/2017


Tags: tomb; grotto; inside; jerusalem; israel; virgin mary; christianity; low light; staircase; dark; candles; door
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