Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel — The Middle East
— مغارة يهوشافاط —
Location. 31° 46.641′ N, 35° 14.324′ E. Marker is in Jerusalem, Jerusalem District. Marker can be reached from Derech Jericho (National Route 417) just south of Derech HaOfel, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. I used the HMDB.org, Google map feature to help me identify locational information. This marker is located off road, in what I will call a community park area, along a well traveled walkway named Derech HaShiloah. This walkway begins along the west side of the Derech Jericho roadway and drops down into the Kidron Valley. Both the Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Absalom's Tomb (here, next to this marker); Gethsemane (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ritual Baths and Water Conduits (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Double Gate Monumental Stairs and Observation Plaza (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Beit Hatzofeh Lookout (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Western Wall (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Royal Quarter (Area G) (approx. half a kilometer away); The Burnt Room and the House of the Bullae (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerusalem.
More about this marker. The subject of this historical marker is actually an immense, rock cut, late Second Temple Period (Herod to First Jewish Revolt), burial complex, that is located directly behind Absalom's tomb. The burial complex was cut into a limestone escarpment that juts out of the eastern side of the base of the Kidron Valley. There is a rock cut gable over the entrance to this complex that is decorated with floral motifs carved into the stone. The rock cut burial cave contains eight burial chambers which branch off from the entrance.
Regarding Jehoshaphat's Cave. According to the Jerusalem Archaeological Park website, "The details of the decoration on the facades of the cave and of the monument represent a mixture of artistic styles borrowed from the Hellenistic, Oriental and Egyptian realms. At the same time, the depiction of human figures, so typical of Hellenistic culture, is absent. This probably reflects the injunction of Jewish law against graven images."
Also see . . .
1. Tomb of Avshalom. This is a link to information provided by BibleWalks.com (Submitted on March 23, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Tombs in the Kidron Valley. This is a link to information provided by a website entitled Jerusalem 101 (Submitted on March 23, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Jerusalem, the lintel of the entrance to Jehoshaphat Cave in Kidron. This is a link to a photograph provided by Hanan Isachar Photography (Submitted on March 23, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Man-Made Features •
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 724 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on March 26, 2013. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 23, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 3, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 8, 9. submitted on March 23, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 10. submitted on March 26, 2013. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.