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Holy Sepulchre – Little House Encloses Tomb

From this position the Tomb of Christ can be seen a stone edicule (“little house”) encloses the sepulchre where it is believed Jesus lay buried for three days — and where he rose from the dead. The lofty circular stone structure encompassing this whole area is known as the Rotunda. Click on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for more.

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

Above it is a huge dome decorated with a star burst of light. Opposite the entrance to the Tomb, a triumphal arch built by the Crusaders leads to the basilica’s central worship space, the Katholikon. Originally the choir of the 12th-century Crusader church, it is now the Greek Orthodox cathedral.

A highly decorated screen called the iconostasis partially hides the altar from view. On the polished marble floor stands a goblet marking the “omphalos” (navel), the legendary center of the earth.

There are thrones for the patriarch of Jerusalem and the patriarch of Antioch.

  • Administered by:
    • Confraternity of the Holy Sepulchre (Greek Orthodox)
    • Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land (Catholic)
    • Brotherhood of St James (Armenian Orthodox)
  • Tel.: 972-2-6267000
  • Opens: Apr-Sep 4am, Oct-Mar 5am.
  • Closes: Apr-Aug 8pm, Mar and Sep 7.30pm, Oct-Feb 7pm.
  • Sunday morning liturgies are usually:
    • Coptic 4am
    • Catholic 5.30am
    • Greek Orthodox 7am
    • Syriac Orthodox 8am
    • Armenian Orthodox 8.45am on alternating Sundays with a weekly procession at 4.15pm.
Little house encloses tomb
Little house encloses tomb

King David’s Tomb

The thousand-year-old building that houses the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion in Jerusalem is almost always thronging; some have come to pray and pay homage to Israel’s famous king and ancestor of the Messiah, while others pour over sacred texts all day long in the anteroom next to the tomb.

Garden Tomb

Garden Tomb
Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb is a rock-cut tomb in Jerusalem which was unearthed in 1867 and has subsequently been considered by some Christians to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Map.


Tomb of Avdimi of Haifa

Tomb of Avdimi of Haifa

“The Tomb of Avdimi is one of the hotspots for visitors to Haifa nowadays.” Avdimi is hailed as one of the greatest Jewish scholars during the third and fourth centuries. His traditional burial place lies in the ancient Jewish cemetery on 120 Yafo Street. The dome-covered tomb is a pilgrimage point for seekers of blessings such as good health. Map.