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King David's Tomb

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King David's Tomb (Hebrew: קבר דוד המלך‎) is a site considered by some to be the burial place of biblical king David of Israel, according to a Christian, Jewish, and Muslim tradition beginning in the 9th or 12th century CE, some two millennia after the traditional time of David. The majority of historians and archaeologists do not consider the site to be the actual resting place of King David.It is located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, near the early 20th century Abbey of the Dormition. The tomb is thought to be situated in a ground floor corner of the remains of the former Hagia Zion, considered a Byzantine church or late Roman-era S synagogue. The building is now administered by the Diaspora Yeshiva, a Jewish seminary group. Due to Israeli Jews being unable to reach holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Jordanian annexation of the West Bank (1948-1967), the Tomb of David was promoted as a place of worship, and the roof of the building, above the Cenacle, was sought for its views of the Temple Mount, and thus became a symbol of prayer and yearning. The building, built as a church, then transformed into a mosque, was split in two and the ground floor with the Tomb was converted into a synagogue immediately following the end of the 1947–1949 Palestine war; the Muslim cover on the tomb was replaced with an Israeli flag and then a parochet. From then onwards, the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs began the process of turning the site into Israel's primary religious site. Jewish prayer was established at the site, and Jewish religious symbols were added. From 1948 until the Six-Day War in 1967, it was considered the holiest Jewish site in Israel.The tomb compound includes the location traditionally identified as the Cenacle or Upper Room, the original meeting place of the early Christian community of Jerusalem. Recent years have seen rising tensions between Jewish activists and Christian worshippers at the site.


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  • Tuesday 24:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 24:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 24:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 24:00 - 21:00
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