Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

The Tomb of the Virgin Mary at Gethsemane

The Tomb of the Virgin Mary

Out of the numerous holy sites at Gethsemane, Sophronius mentions only the Tomb of the Virgin Mary. The underground vaults of the Byzantine church still exist today. A monumental entrance (shown here) to the underground crypt was added by the crusaders. According to an ancient Christian tradition, recorded in the apocryphal book called "Dormitio or Transitus Virginis", Mary died in Jerusalem and was buried there, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, at Gethsemane, in a rock cut chamber similar to that of Jesus. However her bodily flesh did not remain there enough to became corrupted but, in view of her special role as the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is believed to have been directly transferred to paradise, waiting for final resurrection.

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