Tomb shield

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A modest structure rests in the Kidron Valley just outside of Jerusalem's walls. It shields a crypt that, according to tradition, once held the remains of Mary, mother of Jesus. Signage is absent but if one peers down into an enclosed courtyard just to the north of The Church of All Nations, it will be immediately visible.

The stonework of the façade and around the wide staircase just inside the door hails from the Crusader period. The tomb beneath is believed to be first century, albeit modified later in the Byzantine period. 

The New Testament does not report the end of Mary's life, although several early accounts--sometimes contradictory--speak of her life beyond the resurrection of Jesus.


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