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Avshalom's Tomb

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Identification

Avshalom's Tomb
Yad Avshalom, Tomb of Absalom
יד אבשלום
קבר אבשלום
274729

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Structure in General

monument
existing [completed]

Facts

  • The shrine dates back to the first century B.C.E. and has the hellenistic influences of that period.
  • Although carved nearly a millennium after Avshalom rebelled against his father King David and was run through with a javelin by the King's captain, stones were traditionally thrown at the tomb to show disgust.
  • Jews favoured being buried on Mount of Olives as close to Zechariah Tomb as possible, distancing themselves from Avshalom's Tomb.
  • Carved out of the rock completely separate from the slope behind it with carved columns and a rounded pointed top.

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Location

Kidron Valley
Jerusalem
Jerusalem District
Israel

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