Holy Sepulchre – Jewish Tomb From 1St Century

Behind the Tomb is a tiny Coptic chapel attached to the edicule. Directly opposite this tiny chapel, walk between two of the pillars of the Rotunda into a dilapidated room, the Syriac Orthodox Chapel of St Joseph of Arimathea and St Nicodemus. On Sundays and feast days it is furnished for the celebration of Mass.


See also Holy Sepulchre – Jewish Tomb from 1st Century, Holy Sepulchre – Little House encloses Tomb and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.


Church of the Holy Sepulchre chapels
Church of the Holy Sepulchre chapels

On the far side of the chapel is the low entrance to two complete 1st-century Jewish tombs in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Since Jews always buried their dead outside the city, this proves that the Holy Sepulchre site was outside the city walls at the time of the crucifixion. There is a tradition that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were buried here.

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