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This place on Mount Zion is the traditional site of the tomb of King David, and holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims.


On the ground level are several Jewish synagogues, and the site is one of the most Holiest Jewish places. The second level is a holy place for Christians - the location of the Last Supper. The third level has a Muslim muezzin tower.


The site is located on Mount Zion, outside of the old city walls.


King David was buried at about 1000BC, probably in the area south of the present walled city, where the "city of David" was located. This is what the Bible tells us (1 Kings 2: 9): "So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David". Other Kings from the house of David were buried there too, as implied in Nehemiah 3, 16: "...the sepulchres of David...".


After several centuries the tombs were probably destroyed and buried under the newly expanding city. This may have happened during the 1st or 2nd C AD.


Please keep in mind that there are some rules for entering. No eating or drinking. No photographs on Jewish holidays including the Sabbath (Saturdays). Women and men are not allowed to pray together so the tomb has a dividing wall and women are on the left and men on the right.

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