Rachel's Tomb

Rachel's Tomb information

Location
Bethlehem , The Palestinian Territories
Address
Jerusalem-Hebron Rd
Opening hours
07:30-16:00 Sun-Thu, 07:30-13:30 Fri
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In a desolate corridor near the entrance to town is Rachel's Tomb . Another Bethlehem sojourner in labour, Rachel is said to have died here in childbirth, on the way south to Hebron. Her husband Jacob 'set a pillar upon her grave' (Genesis 35:20). Revered by followers of all three Abrahamic religions (Jews and Muslims in particular), the place has been enshrined and guarded for centuries, from the Byzantine and Islamic eras to the Crusaders, Ottomans and Israelis.

Located near the former checkpoint to Bethlehem from Jerusalem, the tomb complex was flanked by businesses that now stand defunct due to the construction of the 8m-high wall effectively annexing the once-autonomous Palestinian area to Jerusalem. Yarmulkes are provided to be worn by all visitors. The mosque, long inaccessible to Palestinians, may also now be off limits to visitors. As of this writing only students of the yeshiva and guided tour groups enter. Access Rachel's Tomb from Jerusalem through a military-controlled portion of Jerusalem-Hebron Road.