Cave of the Patriarchs

series of caves located in the heart of the old city of Hebron, where, according to the Torah, Bible and the Quran, the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are buried

Coordinates: 31°31′29″N 35°06′39″E / 31.5247°N 35.1107°E / 31.5247; 35.1107

The Cave of the Patriarchs, also called the Cave of Machpelah (Hebrew: מערת המכפלה, audio speaker iconMe'arat ha-Makhpela , trans. "cave of the double tombs") and known by Muslims as the Sanctuary of Abraham or the Ibrahimi Mosque (Arabic: الحرم الإبراهيمي, audio speaker iconal-Haram al-Ibrahimi ) is an archaeological site in Hebron, Israel. According to the Jewish tradition it is the site of the graves of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah. These graves have been buried under a church built in the Byzantine Period in Israel, and which is now used as a mosque.

the Cave of the Patriarchs
map of the Cave of the Patriarchs

Other websitesEdit

  • Official Website (Israeli) Archived 2007-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  • Cave of the Patriarchs
  • The Cave of Machpelah Tomb of the Patriarch Jewish Virtual Library
  • Tombs of the Patriarchs Article and Photos Sacred Destinations
  • Demands for Equal Rights for the Jewish People at Ma'arat HaMachpela Archived 2004-08-10 at the Wayback Machine
  • Aerial Photograph Google Maps
  •   "Machpelah" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  • Bible Land Library Archived 2008-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  • Photos and Diagram of Underground at Caves of Machpela