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Filed under: Israel and Palestine - Outside Jerusalem, Locations — Tags: Abraham, Cave of Machpelah, cenotaph, Hebron, Herod the Great, Isaac, Jacob, King David, Leah, Mamre, Rebekah, Saladin, Sarah, Tombs of the Patriarchs, West Bank — pm Tombs of the Patriarchs at Hebron (Seetheholyland.net)" data-medium-file="https://i1com/ fit=800,600" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-4576 size-medium" src="https://i1com/ resize=300,225" alt="Tombs of the Patriarchs" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://i1com/ w=800 800w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" / The Tombs of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron is the burial place of three biblical couples — Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah.
The corners of the edifice — called Haram al-Khalil (Shrine of the Friend [of God]) in Arabic — are oriented to the four points of the compass.
It was the patriarch Abraham who bought the property when his wife Sarah died, around 2000 years before Christ was born.
Genesis 23 tells how Abraham, then living nearby at Mamre, bought the land containing the Cave of Machpelah to use as a burial place.
The vaulted ceiling, supporting pillars, capitals and upper stained-glass windows are from the Crusader church.
Ahead, on the southeastern wall, a marble-and-mosaic mihrab (prayer niche) faces Mecca.