The Cave of the Patriarchs is a very famous site in the Middle East. Known as Ibrahim Mosque or the Sanctuary of Abraham today, it appears in the Bible, the Torah, and the Quran. Legends tell of a secret entrance leading to the graves of biblical figures, however, the tunnels which are said to run below are closed off to modern tourists and researchers. Thus, one must turn to ancient texts and decipher the myths surrounding this shadowy site.
The Cave of the Patriarchs was covered by a Judean structure during the Herodian era. Later, Saladin changed it into a mosque. Through history, the old caves bore witness to mysterious meetings and were the main backdrop for legendary plots and pilgrimages. The burials of patriarchs including Abraham, Sarah, and many more are said to be located inside the underground tunnels.
It is a tomb symbolizing ancient ideas, and may even be called the basis for spirituality in the Middle East. But nobody knows for certain if the Cave of the Patriarchs is a legendary or real cemetery for ancient patriarchs and spiritual masters. The bible claims that some of the individuals buried inside the cave died when they were very old. For example, Isaac is said to have lived 180 years, Jacob 130. This information seems to be unrealistic.
The tomb of Abraham. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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