Cave of Machpelah

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Cave of Machpelah

Also known as Cave of the Patriarchs

Hebron (Hevron), Hebron, West Bank
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Also called the Cave of the Patriarchs and in Arabic, al-Magr, the complex is called al-Haram al-Ibrahimi (the Sanctuary of Abraham). A site sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Bought from the local landowner Ephron by the patriarch Abraham (Avraham, Ibrahim)for 400 shekels of silver as a burying place for his family. A very high outer wall six feet thick was built surrounding the cave entrance by King Herod the Great, this was open to the sky. Later a roofed mosque was built over the site. The site has alternated between Muslim and Christian control. The site is currently administered and kept by a Muslim waqf, a trust which holds land for Islamic religious purposes. There are some restrictions on Jews and Muslims entering the top portion above the caves where the Mamluks built cenotaphs for those patriarchs and their wives buried there. No one is normally permitted into the actual caves themselves.


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GPS Coordinates: 31.52474, 35.11073

  • Added: 12 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2309539