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The Tomb of Zechariah

  • Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

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TripAdvisor ReviewsBased on 30 traveler reviews
A hidden gem on the mount of Olives
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on June 16, 2019

We stumbled across this attraction by happy accident, and were really pleased! The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the heritage and really interpreted it to an excellent standard. The atmosphere was really good and it could be compared to an Indiana Jones movie, though of course it is a religious attraction and is respected...

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We stumbled across this attraction by happy accident, and were really pleased! The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the heritage and really interpreted it to an excellent standard. The atmosphere was really good and it could be compared to an Indiana Jones movie, though of course it is a religious attraction and is respected as such. I would really recommend this place it is close to the Dominus Flevit church and is also a welcome retreat from the hot Jerusalem sun.

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A real fun troglodyte experioemce
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on June 12, 2019

This is a real fun troglodyte experience as you fumble your way underground looking for the tombs with your only light being a candle. This catacomb, venerated by Jews since medieval times, is according to Jewish tradition (which has also been adopted by Christians) is believed to be the burial place of Haggai,...

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This is a real fun troglodyte experience as you fumble your way underground looking for the tombs with your only light being a candle. This catacomb, venerated by Jews since medieval times, is according to Jewish tradition (which has also been adopted by Christians) is believed to be the burial place of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, the last three Hebrew Bible prophets, These prophets are believed to have lived during the 6th to 5th centuries BC. Archaeologists, however, have dated the three oldest tombs in the catacomb to the 1st century BC, contradicting the popular belief. However, what's 400 years among friends when you can play hide-and-seek in a dark cavern with only a candle for light!

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Unexpected Delight!
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on March 9, 2019

The gentleman that hosts the site is wonderful and full of information (in English, too!) We noticed the little sign as we were headed down from the top of the Mount of Olives and decided to see if it was a fake or for real. You go into what looks like the host's yard...

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The gentleman that hosts the site is wonderful and full of information (in English, too!) We noticed the little sign as we were headed down from the top of the Mount of Olives and decided to see if it was a fake or for real. You go into what looks like the host's yard to get to the opening to the tombs. The gentleman in charge gave us candles and allowed us to wander around after an introductory talk. We had the cave to ourselves and our atmospheric candlelight...evocative and quite a treat after all the crowds in the old city. Well worth the donation and the host was one of my very favorite encounters in Israel. (Note that archeologists only date the chambers to the 1st century BCE, so about 400 yrs too late for the three prophets mentioned, but plenty ancient to impress me!)

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