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Israel, Jerusalem - Kidron Valley (2)
Another Kidron valley tomb complex (about 60m south of Tantour Faroun). Jewish pilgrims called this the Tomb of Zechariah, while the Christian pious associated it with their own early martyrs, notably St. James. In fact, an inscription shows that this was the burial place of the priestly Bene Hezir family, who get a passing mention in the Bible (1 Chronicles 24:15). The nefesh with a pyramidal top marks the entrance to a passage ascending into the cliff on the left. The actual burial chambers (four of them) lie in the area behind the Doric-columned faade. The complex dates from the later second-century BC.
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