Tag Archives: graves and tombs

Mazor Roman Mausoleum – Mazor National Park

This well preserved Roman mausoleum was a family burial vault used in the 4th century. The building has a temple-like façade. Inside are the remains of two sarcophagi. The entrance would have been sealed with a stone door at the time of usage as a burial chamber.

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Zechariah’s tomb in the Kidron Valley – Monument for Zecharia the priest

Zechariah’s tomb in the Kidron Valley is associated with Zecharia son of the priest Jehoiada. According to the Book of Chronicles (Divrei HaYamim), he was stoned at the behest of King Yoash of Judah when Zechariah berated the Jews for not following God’s commandments. Zechariah lived in the 9th century BCE, during the first temple period.

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Tomb of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai – Grave of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai in Tiberias

Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakai lived in the first century CE. He was one of the tannaim, a Jewish sage during the time of the second temple and a leader of the Jews after its destruction. He was a major contributor to the Mishnah. His grave is located next to the grave of the Rambam in Tiberias.

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Choni Ha’Maagel’s tomb in the Galilee – Cave of Honi HaMaagel in Hatzor HaGlilit

Choni HaMaagel, the circle maker, lived in the first century BCE. He was known for his prayers for rain. The story told in the Talmud is that when it did not rain, the Jews would come to him for help. On one occasion, he drew a circle and stood inside it; he prayed for rain until it came, refusing to leave the circle until God answered his prayers.

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Kever Dan ben Yaakov – burial site of Dan son of Jacob – Dan’s tomb

When Joseph’s bones were brought to Israel with the Jewish people, his brothers were buried in Israel as well. Kever Dan ben Yaakov (קבר דן בן יעקב) is located just outside of Bet Shemesh; as usual, with an ancient burial site, there is some doubt as to the veracity of this being his burial site.

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Tel Hai Museum in Israel – Roaring Lion Memorial in Tel Hai – Memorial for Eight Hashomer Guards

The Tel Hai Memorial located in the Upper Galilee in Israel, was built in memory of the eight guards who were killed while defending the Tel Hai settlement. The Museum shows the original buildings and the battle room explains the battle.

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Shmuel HaNavi’s tomb in Israel – Samuel the Prophets tomb at Nabi Samuel

The grave of Shmuel HaNavi, known in Arabic as Nabi Samuel, is located just north of Jerusalem. While some question whether this is really the grave site of Samuel the prophet, Jewish tradition dating back to the middle ages holds that this is his tomb.

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Trumpeldor Cemetery in Tel Aviv – Where the founders of Tel Aviv were buried

The Trumpeldor Cemetery in Tel Aviv contains the graves of many of the important historical figures from the last century. The cemetery was founded in 1902, and contains the graves of the founders of Tel Aviv, such as Shimon Rokach and Meir Dizengoff, as well as writers such as Chaim Nachman Bialik and Ehad Ha’am.

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Ben Gurion’s Tomb National Park – Ben Gurion’s tomb in Kibbutz Sde Boker

Ben Gurion’s Tomb National Park is located just south of the Sde Boker Kibbutz in the Negev. Paula and David Ben Gurion are buried side by side in the center of the park. The graves are in a well tended park with a stunning view of Nahal Zin from the amphitheater around the graves.

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