Cave of Machpelah Outside
Cave of Machpelah Inside
Djaouliyeh Mosque: View of the interior of the Djaouliyeh Mosque that is located alongside and just northeast of the Cave of Machpelah. The mosque was built in the early fourteenth century. Note on the far wall the Mihrab that points towards Mecca.
Cave of Machpelah Inside 2
Interior of Ma’arat Ha Macpela: Tomb of the Patriarchs. This interior semi-circular indentation in the wall is visible on the left side of the image which helps worshippers face east.
Cave of Machpelah Muslim Minbar
Moslem Pulpit (Minbar): View of the interior of the present “Tomb of the Patriarchs” looking at the east at the Minbar, or pulpit. This wooden minbar was constructed in Ashqelon in A.D. 1091 and moved by Saladin to Hebron ca. 1191.
Cave of Machpelah Synagogue
Synagogue: View looking west at the courtyard between the cenotaphs of Abraham and Jacob. This area, formerly open to the sky, is now covered and is used as a synagogue. The door, just left of center, leads into the room where the cenotaphs of Jacob and Leah are located.
Cave of Machpelah Entrance to Tombs
Entrance to the caves of the sarcophagus of the patriarchs and matriarchs: The locked opening under this cupola leads down to a natural cave that is visible through the locked opening.The entrance to the corridor that leads to this cave is located on the opposite side of the room. This complex is primarily a long corridor that leads to a natural cave under this cupola. The stonework of the complex is Herodian (37–4 BC).
Cave of Machpelah Entrance to Tombs 2
Ma’arat Ha Macpela – Entrance to Caves: This small structure was built in the twelfth century AD. Under the rugs is an opening and stairs that lead down to the cave complex below. This complex is said to be primarily a long corridor that leads to a natural cave under a cupola. The stonework of the complex is Herodian (37–4 BC).
Cenotaph of Abraham
Cenotaph of Abraham: A “cenotaph” is a monument/memorial to Abraham who is buried in this case in the cave complex below this spot.
Cenotaph of Isaac
Cenotaph of Isaac:View of the Tomb of Isaac, located in the eastern portion of the Tombs of the Patriarchs in Hebron. This portion of the structure is used as a mosque today. This tomb was construced in A.D. 1332 by Tankiz, the Mamluk viceroy of Syria.
Cenotaphs of Rebecca and Isaac
Cenotaphs of Rebecca and Isaac: View of the interior of Ma’arat Ha Macpela in Hebron. Abraham purchased the cave from Ephron the Hivite [Genesis 23] On the left side of the image is the cenotaph of Rebecca and on the right, partially behind the column, is the cenotaph of Isaac.
Cave of Machpelah Sarah Cenotaph
View of the cenotaph of Sarah: the first of the “ancestors” to be buried in the Cave of Machpelah (Genesis 23). Note how Arabic writing covers the whole of the fabric covering of the cenotaph. The body is buried elsewhere in a cave below this area. The small red covered “stool” in the lower portion of the image is actually book holder on top of which an open prayer book can be placed for reading.