Tomb of the Virgin Mary
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  • Aqusite
    California1,556 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arguably the most atmospheric Christian sight in all of Jerusalem
    I walked here early in the morning with no expectations, on my way to the Mount of Olives. I am not Christian; I am Jewish, and so I wasn't really spiritually invested in the many churches around, although I do love culture and history. But I was so startled by how intensely beautiful the Tomb of the Virgin Mary was. I arrived right as it opened, as they were just starting to light the morning candles, and it was filled with nuns from all over the world, whose passion and emotion was really present in the air. I descended into the dark pit and found a lovely tomb there with a lot of praying and weeping, and I felt let in on a little secret of some sort. Along with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, this was definitely one of my two favorite Christian sights in Jerusalem. It was so evocative and atmospheric. I recommend going very early in the morning as the crowds were just getting thick as I walked up.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • David G
    Gedera, Israel1,512 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even for a Jew , this was a deeply spiritual experience
    I've seen this site from afar several times in the past , and while I was in the area , decided to check it out for myself . The main part of this site is actually underground , and can only ( to my knowledge ) be reached by descending a staircase which has more than 50 steps , you have been warned !!! . As you descend the staircase ,you'll notice openings in the sides of walls that have "shrines" , once you reach the " cellar " itself , you'll notice an increase in humidity , which can become stuffy when large parties of pilgrims assemble , so bring drinking water if you intend to stay more than 10 minutes . There is an amazing spiritual atmosphere that is felt on this site , and , out of respect to the sanctity of the place , I didn't use flash when taking pictures there . Regardless of your own religion , If you have the knees to descend and climb the staircase into the " cellar" , I'd recommend you visit , just to feel the "vibe "
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Irakli B
    Georgia37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for pilgrimage
    When you approach this place, you are overcome by a pleasant feeling of meeting with your native place, although you are there for the first time. There is a merchant selling roses in front of the entrance, a very nice person!!! Great place to visit!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The large crypt containing the empty tomb of Mary is in the Church of the Assumption, at the foot of Mount of Olives. The church had a turbulent history, being destroyed then rebuilt, but through it all the early 5th-century crypt was respected. The Greek and Armenian Orthodox now share possession of the church. A wide stairway dating to the Crusaders descends into the rock-cut crypt. It’s dimly lit and decorated with elaborate icons, chandeliers, candlesticks and lamps, so many you’ll get dizzy looking at them. The ceiling is black from centuries of candle smoke. Lots of incense too! The façade of the actual tomb is adorned with icons; you’ll enter through a small opening (expect a line of anxious pilgrims). Inside, a glass enclosure protects the stone on which Mary’s body was placed after her death. Three days after her burial her tomb was discovered empty; Christians believe that Mary was taken up body and soul into Heaven (in other words assumed). A miraculous Orthodox icon, located past the tomb, is also venerated.
Written March 1, 2020
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etbtravelphotography
Denver, CO636 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The tomb is not marked, so we walked by it by mistake. When we tried to go back a few days later it was closed due to a voting day. Go to the tomb, the garden and the church in this area so it's worth the walk from the old city.
Written April 13, 2020
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Aqusite
California1,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I walked here early in the morning with no expectations, on my way to the Mount of Olives. I am not Christian; I am Jewish, and so I wasn't really spiritually invested in the many churches around, although I do love culture and history. But I was so startled by how intensely beautiful the Tomb of the Virgin Mary was. I arrived right as it opened, as they were just starting to light the morning candles, and it was filled with nuns from all over the world, whose passion and emotion was really present in the air. I descended into the dark pit and found a lovely tomb there with a lot of praying and weeping, and I felt let in on a little secret of some sort.

Along with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, this was definitely one of my two favorite Christian sights in Jerusalem. It was so evocative and atmospheric.

I recommend going very early in the morning as the crowds were just getting thick as I walked up.
Written July 1, 2023
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David G
Gedera, Israel1,512 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I've seen this site from afar several times in the past , and while I was in the area , decided to check it out for myself .

The main part of this site is actually underground , and can only ( to my knowledge ) be reached by descending a staircase which has more than 50 steps , you have been warned !!! .
As you descend the staircase ,you'll notice openings in the sides of walls that have "shrines" , once you reach the " cellar " itself , you'll notice an increase in humidity , which can become stuffy when large parties of pilgrims assemble , so bring drinking water if you intend to stay more than 10 minutes .
There is an amazing spiritual atmosphere that is felt on this site , and , out of respect to the sanctity of the place , I didn't use flash when taking pictures there .

Regardless of your own religion , If you have the knees to descend and climb the staircase into the " cellar" , I'd recommend you visit , just to feel the "vibe "
Written July 16, 2023
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milroy M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
fake tomb of mary
Tomb of mary is a fake created by the israeli to bring revenue to the country
mary was assumed body and soul to heaven and the tomb is a fake creation by the israeli's to dishonour the very deep belief of the catholic church. the assumption of mary into heaven is dogma and is writ in the dogma of the cc as true. there could not be a tomb because mary was not buried. no where in the bible is mentioned her burial nor her assumption into heaven but popes have concurred and decided that mary was assumed into heaven the tomb is a fake.
milroy martyn 90 david collins drive endeavourhills vic australia
Written July 3, 2022
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brit933
Solbjerg, Denmark215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A number of people visit the tomb, an I was impressed that even Muslims honour her and have a corner of their own. The church is full of brass lamps making it look too much of a bazaar fo my liking. It is closed from 12 to 14.30
Written March 15, 2020
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B T
London, UK1,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is just a small underground room just outside Jerusalem city walls (outside Lion's gate). It is interesting and doesn't take long to visit, but it is nothing special. There is no information inside about what anything is.
Written March 17, 2022
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ClanAnderson
Leicester, UK352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A symbolic place as it’s the mother of Jesus. The tomb is below ground level and there are quite a few steps down to it. Not sure if you can get to it if you can’t walk down the steps. It’s like entering a small grotto with icons around it and a place where you can light a candle. You walk into a small opening and out the other side. It is worth a visit though it doesn’t take long.
Written February 21, 2020
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Irakli B
Georgia37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
When you approach this place, you are overcome by a pleasant feeling of meeting with your native place, although you are there for the first time. There is a merchant selling roses in front of the entrance, a very nice person!!! Great place to visit!!!
Written July 19, 2023
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lynlcee
Brisbane, Australia127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited the Tomb of the Virgin Mary recently. You enter a courtyard then there is a long stair case down to the Tomb which is at the bottom of the staircase. You can enter the tomb and come out the other side. There is unusual lighting in the tomb which is cave-like.

We enjoyed this visit. The whole of the walking tour of Jerusalem was incredible.
Written January 8, 2020
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