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BONFILS, Felix.

Tombeau de Rachel. - Rachel's tomb.

Stock Code
88207
1880
£250

Rachel's tomb is the third holiest site in Judaism. Jews have made pilgrimages to the tomb since ancient times, and it has become one of the cornerstones of Jewish-Israeli identity.

The tomb is that of one of the Jewish foremothers, Rachel, who was married to the forefather Jacob. According to Genesis, Rachel and Jacob were journeying from Shechem to Hebron when she died giving birth to Benjamin. Jacob then decided to bury her by the side of the rode and this tomb is where her grave is believed to be located, although the exact location is contested.

In the picture the two chambers of the tomb can be seen; one, a domed chamber, is of Muslim Ottoman construction. The antechamber was built by Sir Moses Montefiore in 1841.

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Description

Albumen print. Good tonal range and in good condition, pasted on original card, photographer's credit, title and number in negative.

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