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Jerusalem Sights

Tomb of the Virgin

Updated 05/19/2013

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The Gothic facade of the underground Church of the Assumption, which contains this shrine, clearly dates it to the Crusader era (12th century). Tradition has it that this is where the Virgin Mary was interred and then "assumed" into heaven. In an otherwise gloomy church—hung with age-darkened icons and brass lamps—the marble sarcophagus, apparently medieval, remains illuminated. The Status Quo Agreement in force in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Bethlehem's Church

of the Nativity pertains here, too: the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and even the Muslims control different parts of the property. The Roman Catholic Franciscans were expelled in 1757, a loss of privilege that rankles to this day.

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Sight Information

Address:

Jericho Rd., adjacent to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem, 97913, Israel

Phone:

02-628–4613

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 5–noon and 2:30–5

Updated 05/19/2013

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