Tombs of the Kings, Jerusalem

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The Tombs of the Kings are a collection of rock cut tombs in East Jerusalem believed to be the burial site of Queen Helene of Adiabene. The tombs are located 820 meters north of Jerusalem's Old City walls in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood
The grandeur of the site led to the mistaken belief that the tombs had once been the burial place of the kings of Judah, hence the name Tombs of the Kings; but the tombs are now associated with Queen Helena of Adiabene. According to this theory, Queen Helena chose the site to bury her son Isates and others of her dynasty.
The site is just east of the intersection of Nablus Road and Saladin Street. The gate of the property is marked "Tombeau des Rois", French for "Tomb of the Kings".
As of May 2016, the Tombs of the Kings cannot normally be visited. As property of the French State, they are used sporadically as a venue for special cultural events organised by the French Consulate, and these are the only opportunity to enter the site.
In 1847 the Ottoman governor of Jerusalem started the excavation in the site. The excavation was then followed in 1863 by French archaeologists, was acquired by Pereire brothers, famous bankers of the Second Empire, who gave to France in 1886. The tombs are located underneath a piece of land that has a small stone house on top of it. The house was built and inhabited by Irhimeh, a Jerusalemite family. The remains recovered from the excavations are on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The tomb was described by the Greek geographer Pausanias as the second most beautiful tomb in the world (after the tomb of Mausolus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world).
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  • We wanted to visit the site of the "Kings fall" which is mentioned in all the guides. We arrived at a gate marked "French Republic - the tomb of the Kings". The grid being closed us used the intercom to get information on visiting hours and days. The lady who has responded has done on a your very disagreeable specifying could never visit the site. Then she hung up dryly. GRANDIOSE! Compare with hosting other sites entrusted to other Governments (garden tomb, British cultural centre,...).
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  • It is the burial place of Queen little State on the territory of Assyria, which had adopted Judaism. I wanted to see, but it didn't work. This is the territory of France and visit is very limited. What a pity.
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  • This is an archaeological site I happened to visit just across the street of the hotel I was staying at. Actually, the site is the property of France, and does not open to the public for regular visits. It is a complex of five main caverns cut in the rock, that were believed to belong to the kings of Israel, hence the name, and that were later discovered to be part of the Queen of Adiabene, Heleni HaMalka.
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