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Cave of Patriarchs, Israel

From series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
In Judaism, the second holiest place after the Temple Mount is the Cave of the Patriarchs, also known as the Cave of Machpelah. It’s located in the historic crypt of Hebron. According to the biblical tradition, Isaac, Abraham, Jacob, and their spouses are buried there. Directly above the cave, a very beautiful monumental building stands. Its height is 12 meters. The exact construction date is unknown. According to the available data, it hadn’t have a roof previously.

Cave of Patriarchs, Israel The building has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. Today, it features the refined decoration that is traditional for Islamic art. The main shrine, hidden behind imposing walls of the crypt, is an entrance to the cave. That’s a small hole into which an inextinguishable lamp is traditionally dipped. It’s prohibited to enter, so it isn't known for certain, how does it look like. Contemporaries could only pretend it basing on the surviving ancient descriptions. According to historic manuscripts, the cave has two sections. Some of the manuscripts suggests that under the crypt there is another hidden cave.

In recent years, the main threat to the world-famous shrines are terrorists. Not only the historic building, but parishioners suffered from them. Despite this, the Cave of the Patriarchs each year is visited by thousands of pilgrims from around the world. The vault will be a boon for those interested in the ancient architecture. A spacious hall with a high ceiling and large windows represents the traditional painting and artistic mosaic. The design of the crypt is luxurious and very discreet at the same time. Next - Babylon Ruins

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Nearest airports:
 »  Mendez Airport MZD - in 34 km
 »  Ben Gurion Airport TLV - in 58 km
 »  Sde Dov Airport SDV - in 72 km
 »  Queen Alia Airport AMM - in 86 km
 »  Marka International Airport ADJ - in 97 km
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Located in 16 km from Cave of Patriarchs
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Each room is set in a chalk cave, with unique rock walls, chromotherapy lights, and a fireplace. The hot tubs are set in former rain-water collection … More: photo, rates and booking
Kesem Bahar

Located in 25 km from Cave of Patriarchs
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All chalets are built from wood and stone and offer an LCD cable TV and a furnished terrace. Each unit comes with a private spa bath and barbecue … More: photo, rates and booking
Ella Residence

Located in 26 km from Cave of Patriarchs
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The air-conditioned suites include a seating area, cable TV, and an equipped kitchenette. They also have a private bathroom with toiletries and a … More: photo, rates and booking

Located in 27 km from Cave of Patriarchs
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Elegant suites here come with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and minibar. The private bathroom features a bath, bathrobe and slippers as well as … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Oak of Mamre
2 km - Oak of Mamre
There are also quite unusual among the Jewish holy places. A great example is the Oak of Mamre. A nice biblical legend tells about this old tree. According to it, Abraham was talking to God there. For these reasons, a unique tree is also known under the name Oak of …
Dead Sea
28 km - Dead Sea
The deepest place on earth is the Dead Mees, on whose coasts the guests of three popular tourist countries - Syria, Israel and Jordan can stroll. The depth of the lowland forms about 413 meters. This parameter can be extremely complicated. This is because it depends on …
Church of All Nations
30 km - Church of All Nations
The beautiful Church of All Nations is located in the Garden of Gethsemane in Israel. It was built by a famous Italian architect in 1924. The stone is kept in the church. It is its main value. Jesus Christ was in the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane on this stone. …
Synagogue Hasidut Belz
31 km - Synagogue Hasidut Belz
The Hasidic Belz synagogue is located in a busy neighborhood in Jerusalem. The synagogue has already acquired the status of an important city landmark, even though it was built only recently. Its construction began in 1985. It lasted 15 years. This religious monument …
33 km - Masada
Opening of the Masada cableway in Israel took place in 1971. It was built specifically to deliver tourists to the eponymous archaeological complex located on a mountain top. Masada cableway has been the lowest in the world for over forty years. Its starting point is at …
Tel Beer Sheva
40 km - Tel Beer Sheva
Another amazing religious shrine that is important from the historical point of view is the ancient city of Tel Beer Sheva located in the southern part of Israel. Researchers have discovered it relatively recently, in the 70s of the last century. The oldest of the …

Top destination around Cave of Patriarchs - Jerusalem

Space Laser is an excellent place for active recreation. At this club, visitors separate into two teams and play laser tag. Space Laser also offers virtual reality experiences. Vacationers who like rock climbing will find it interesting to visit Israel Sports Climbing Center or iClimb indoor Climbing Wall. Both companies are great for everyone who likes indoor alpinism. It should also be mentioned that this entertainment is particularly suitable for tourists with children because kids are simply in love with it and will be happy. Travelers interested in raising their adrenaline level will find what they need at Ashdot Adventure Tours that offers bungee jumping, abseiling, and SUV safaris. All of these activities will be even more exciting because of the picturesque panoramic views of the surroundings.

Jerusalem can also be proud of its fantastic nighttime entertainments. WildCat Bar is open in a fabulous old mansion. This is a perfect place to meet friends and enjoy various spirits and cocktails. Everyone who likes singing also has a suitable venue to attend. Karaoke-club Off The Wall Comedy Basement is the best option for them, and all fans of dancing usually gather at HaMazkeka Club. Thinking about having a beer or two with friends? Dublin Irish Pub is one of the best places to visit. It is a fantastic place to relax with friends or meet new people. Finally, even experienced connoisseurs of cocktails will like Gatsby Cocktail Room and the drinks it offers.
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