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

The Tomb of Lazarus at Bethany

The Tomb of Lazarus

The present state of the Sanctuary, in Moslem hands like the church of the Ascension, may not be exactly what the common pilgrim is expecting to find there. Nor you are seeing what the archeologist is used to identify as a typical first century jewish tomb. But it is important that the memory has never changed its place from the times of the Anonymous Pilgrim of Bordeaux down to our times. A low entrance, preceeded by few built in steps, leads to a small chamber covered by a low masonry vault. The masonry was built, probably in the Vth or Vth century A.D., to preserve the actual rock from disintegrating.

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Project, design, research and realization carried out by Eugenio Alliata ofm,
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