Since antiquity, Jews have sought to be buried on the Mount of Olives, where according to the Bible the resurrection will begin. Eventually, the cemetery grew to cover much of the mountain and is still in use. One of the earliest tombs, in the Kidron Valley, is attributed to David's rebellious son Absalom, another to the First Temple priest Zechariah; a third bears an inscription mentioning the sons of Hezir, an ancient priestly family. At the Mount of Olives Information Center near Absalom's Tomb, visitors can obtain information on the location of specific tombstones.
photographer: Audi Stiinool.