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Tomb of Zechariah, Israel

From series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
Height: 12.5 meters.

In the Kidron Valley, close to the Temple Mount, there is a unique object, the tomb of Zechariah. It was built during the time of the Second Temple. That’s one of the few monuments of the architecture that has been preserved to this day in its original form. The tomb is carved in the rock. That’s an equilateral cube, whose height is about 12.5 meters. According to Jewish tradition, this tomb belongs to the prophet Zechariah. As many other objects of the Kidron Valley, it is an important place of pilgrimage.

Tomb of Zechariah, Israel The tomb is a monolithic monument without the burial chamber. Therefore, there is no evidence that the great prophet was buried there. These contradictions do not make the monument less attractive for thousands of travelers. They all come here for the sole purpose - to worship the saint and admire the unique ancient structure, whose walls are covered with old inscriptions.

Recently, researchers told that the tomb was built no earlier than the 1st century BC, so it makes it impossible to associate it with the name of the prophet Zechariah who lived in 8-9 centuries BC. A much earlier structure is located under the monumental structure of the grotto. Researchers assume that it can be a preserved part of the Byzantine Church. The tomb of Zechariah draws attention for another reason too. According to ancient descriptions, treasures are hidden close to it. Next - Well of Jacob


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Car rental office: 'Sixt car rental' is located in 1.35 km ( on the map).
Supermarket: 'елеонская сокровищница' in 0.54 km
Parking: 'Jerusalem' in 0.39 km
Police station: 'Jerusalem' in 0.48 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Hotel Seven Arches' in 0.44 km
Railway station: 'Jerusalem Malha Railway Station' in 5.79 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Ben Gurion Airport TLV - in 42 km
 »  Mendez Airport MZD - in 51 km
 »  Sde Dov Airport SDV - in 57 km
 »  Queen Alia Airport AMM - in 71 km
 »  Marka International Airport ADJ - in 74 km
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Golden Walls Hotel

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Rooms: 120
Rooms at the Golden Walls all have satellite TV, a seating area and desk, and most have a balcony with city views. The private bathroom includes free … More: photo, rates and booking
New Imperial Hotel

Located in 1 km from Tomb of Zechariah
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Rooms: 50
All rooms come with a flat-satellite screen TV and a balcony. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Private … More: photo, rates and booking
Shamai Suites Jerusalem

Located in 2 km from Tomb of Zechariah
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Rooms: 15
Each apartment is air conditioned and features a laptop-sized safe and flat-screen TV with cable channels. The kitchenette includes a microwave, … More: photo, rates and booking
Rabin Youth Hostel & Guest House

Located in 3 km from Tomb of Zechariah
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Rooms: 74
Rooms and dormitories have bright, simple furnishings with a TV, fridge and kettle. Rooms include a private bathroom, while dormitories have a shared … More: photo, rates and booking

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The Monastery of Mar Saba
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There is the Orthodox monastery of Mar Saba In Israel, near Jerusalem. The shrine is known to many travelers as the Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified. In appearance it resembles a powerful medieval fortress. The monastery was named after its founder and was laid …
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Top destination around Tomb of Zechariah - Jerusalem

Jerusalem is not deprived of sports-related holidays. For example, the city hosts a marathon at the beginning of March, and both locals and travelers are welcome to participate in the event. Moreover, it is a fabulous opportunity to get acquainted with major landmarks of the city – the marathon’s route is made in a way that covers many important sights in the capital. Local people enjoy celebrating Jerusalem Day that marks the victory of the Israeli in the Six-Day War. During the holiday, Ammunition Hill hosts a military parade, and Mount Herzl becomes the venue for a memorial ceremony for the Israeli people who died during the Six-Day War. Later, processions, rallies, and prayers happen in different parts of the city. It should be mentioned that the date of the celebration is not fixed and can be changed depending on the lunar calendar (the holiday’s day falls to 28th of Iyar).

Ein Yael Museum of Ancient Crafts becomes a venue for the celebration of the Harvest Festival at the end of May. The event starts with a colorful parade of people dressed in historical costumes. This is the time for interesting master-classes about baking bread, woodcarving, and sewing clothes. These activities excite numerous tourists no less than watching the parade. Winter Noize Festival is one more interesting event for vacationers. It usually starts at the beginning of February. Theatrical, circus, music, and dancing performances attract both locals and guests of the capital. For tourists, it is a wonderful chance to buy interesting items at the fair trade, participate in exciting master classes, and to attend numerous exhibitions. Among religious holidays that locals particularly respect and have special traditions associated with them, it is important to mention Hanukkah (the Festival of Lights) and Shavuot (The Giving of the Torah).
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