Tomb of Abraham

The tomb attributed to prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) is believed to be inside the Haram al-Ibrahimi (الحرم الإبراهيمي), also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, in the heart of al-Khalil, the Old City of Hebron, in the southern West Bank. The site is considered by Jews to be the second holiest place in the world, after the Temple Mount. Muslims believe that Muhammed visited Hebron on his nocturnal journey from Mecca to Jerusalem to stop by the tomb and pay his respects.

circa 2000 BCE

The name "Haram al-Ibrahimi", reflects the prominence given to Abraham in Islam. Prophet Abraham was the second person to be buried in the cave after his wife Sarah. Dying at the age of 175 years he was buried by his sons Isaac and Ishmael. The cenotaph that is visible today is believed to represent a below ground burial in a cave. The cenotaph is located inside an octagonal chamaber in the heart of the rectangular complex.


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