Haram al-Ibrahimi Cave of Machpelah

Known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Ibrahimi, after the prophet Ibrahim As or Cave of Patriarchs or Cave of Machpelah (the cave of the tombs) in Jewish tradition, this is the place where Jewish Patriarchs and Muslim prophets Abraham (Ibrahim As) Isaac (Ishaq As) and Jacob (Yaqoob As) are believed to be buried along their wives Sara (Sarah As), Rebekah (Rifaqah As) and Leah (Leah As) respectively.

Situated beneath a Saladin-era mosque converted from a large rectangular Herodian-era structure built by Herod the Great to commmorate the site for his Jewish subjects, the series of subterranean chambers is located in the heart of the old city of Hebron (Al-Khalil) in the Hebron Hills.

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Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 10 BCE Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi, Southern view of the mosque, it was originally built by King Herod Wikipedia
c. 2000 BCE "Tomb of Abraham," cenotaph above the cave traditionally considered to be the burial place of Abraham and Sarah in the Haram al-Ibrahimi (Cave of the Patriarchs). Wikipedia
c. 2000 BCE Inside the mosque, this grate allows visitors to look down into the 40-foot shaft leading to the ground level of the cave where Ibrahim As, Sarah are buried. Wikipedia
Couples believed to be buried in Haram al-Ibrahimi
According to Islamic and Jewish tradition following couples are believed to be buried here,
Ibrahim As and Sarah As N/A
Ishaq As and Rifaqah As N/A
some of the other Jewish traditions also place the burials of the following patriarchs and matriarchs in the same location
Adam As and Hawa Wikipedia
Musa (Moses) As and Zipporah Kabbalah
Latest Update: July 21, 2016


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Burials/CenotaphsAbraham · Sarah · Isaac · Rebekah · Adam · Eve · Moses · Zipporah
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