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The Tomb of Zechariah

  • Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

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TripAdvisor ReviewsBased on 28 traveler reviews
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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Fun with Candles!!
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on December 2, 2018

We came across this place whilst walking down the Mount of Olives. It is quite run down but a man gives a short talk and then hands out candles to walk around a short loop, in the dark, to look at the tombs. Couldn't see much but it was good fun. A small donation...

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We came across this place whilst walking down the Mount of Olives. It is quite run down but a man gives a short talk and then hands out candles to walk around a short loop, in the dark, to look at the tombs. Couldn't see much but it was good fun. A small donation of 5 NIS per person is expected on the way out. Recommended

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Shining light in the murky depths, Don't Miss This
TripAdvisor RatingReviewed on October 23, 2018

Three quarter way up Mount Olive trail is an innocuous portal that looks like entrance to someone's house. Don't be folled. We were met by elderly gentlemen who took us down to to the cave complex, gave us a candle 🕯 each and than guided us around the hand carved tombs while giving us...

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Three quarter way up Mount Olive trail is an innocuous portal that looks like entrance to someone's house. Don't be folled. We were met by elderly gentlemen who took us down to to the cave complex, gave us a candle 🕯 each and than guided us around the hand carved tombs while giving us history lesson about Zachariah and his followers as well as the other two prophets, Mika and Malachy. He learned all about the tomb from his father who learned it from his father and so on. Fascinating history I never heard about before. Worth every shekel, there is no charge, just a collection box at the end of tour, up to you how much you value the presentation. We thought 10 NIS was about right. Just one more thing apparently the first chamber was carved up as a shaft from top, providing light and ventilation for the main works, the stairway and the main dome.

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