The Tomb of David After a drawing by Harry Fenn, published in Picturesque Palestine, about 1870. Wood engraved print with recent hand colour.

The Tomb of David is on Mt. Zion, just outside the Old City. The tomb is actually a cenotaph or memorial because David is, in all likelihood, not buried on Mt. Zion but rather in or near the City of David. The "tomb" is on the first floor and the Cenacle, or Room of the Last Supper, is on the second floor. The building has historical interest because the lower part of the south and east walls contain first century AD building blocks. Additional evidence indicates the building may have been a first century synagogue, or even a Judeo-Christian synagogue. If the latter, some think it may have been the Church of the Apostles, or Mother of all Churches, mentioned in ancient writings. At any rate, evidence indicates the building was revered by the early Christian church, long before it became known as David's Tomb.


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