Jerusalem King David Tomb 001

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  • Title:  Jerusalem King David Tomb 001
  • Description:  King David's Tomb is a site considered by some to be the burial place of David, King of Israel, according to a tradition beginning in the 12th century. The majority of historians and archaeologists do not consider the site be the actual resting place of King David.

    It is located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, near the early 20th century Abbey of the Dormition. The tomb is thought to be situated in a ground floor corner of the remains of the former Hagia Zion, a Byzantine church. The building is now administered by the Diaspora Yeshiva, a Jewish seminary group.

    Formerly a mosque, it was converted into a synagogue following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948; from then onwards, the Israeli Ministry of Religious Affairs began the process of turning the site into Israel's primary religious site. Jewish prayer was established at the site, and Jewish religious symbols were added. From 1948 until the Six-Day War in 1967, it was considered the holiest Jewish site in Israel.

    The tomb compound includes the location traditionally identified as the Cenacle of Jesus, the original meeting place of the Christian faith. Recent years have seen rising tensions between Jewish activists and Christian worshippers at the site.
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  • Keywords:  Tomb, David, King, Jerusalem
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