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Where is the Virgin Mary’s Tomb?

Christian beliefs regarding the home, death, burial, disappearance, assumption of St. Mary (mother of Jesus) differ from church to church and add much color and adventure to her life story.

So, where is the Virgin Mary’s tomb ?

The Orthodox Tomb of St. Mary in the Kidron Valley, Jerusalem

Virgin Mary’s Tomb (also called the Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary) is across the Kidron (Cedron) Valley from St Stephen’s Gate (Lions Gate), just before Gethsemane, at the foot of Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem. According to the tradition of  Eastern Christians this is the burial place of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The church is cut into the rock and has a form of a cross, with a wide staircase leading down into the church and tomb. This church belongs to the Armenian Apostolical Church of Jerusalem and Greek Orthodox Church.

The New Testament says nothing about the death and burial of MaryChristian tradition says that Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles. Her tomb, when opened on the third day after her burial was found empty. Wherefrom the Apostles concluded that the body was taken up to heaven.

The empty crypt
During the Crusaders period a monastery was added - the Abbey of St. Mary of the Valley of Jehoshaphat
During the Crusaders period a monastery was added – the Abbey of St. Mary of the Valley of Jehoshaphat
The Abbey of St. Mary of the Valley of Jehoshaphat
The Abbey of St. Mary of the Valley of Jehoshaphat

Catholic Assumption

Assumption - http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/the-assumption-of-mary-in-history
Assumption

Roman Catholic teaching holds that Mary was “assumed” into heaven in bodily form, however, most theologians believe that she did undergo death before her Assumption.

 

Dormition Church

So did Mary die first before being assumed? Did she fall “asleep”? Was she buried? The Church does answer this directly and the tradition is not clear. According to the  Transitus Mariae (The Passage of Mary) Mary died in the presence of the apostles in Jerusalem, and then depending on the story, her body just disappeared, or was buried and then disappeared.

The body of Mary in a crypt in Dormition Church in Jerusalem.
The body of Mary in a crypt in Dormition Church in Jerusalem.

However, according to some Catholic tradition, the crypt inside the Dormition Church on Mount Zion may holds the body of the Virgin Mary.

 

Catholic and Moslem Tomb in Ephesus, Turkey

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Mary’s Tomb in Ephesus
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Meryemana Wishing Wall – similar_to_Wailing_Wall

The House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem ana or Meryem Ana Evi) is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos near Ephesus, in Turkey.

 

Other Claims

  • Now, there is also a belief that another tomb of the Virgin Mary is located in Mary, Turkmenistan a town originally named Mari. Proponents claim that Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary travelled to India after surviving the crucifixion, where they remained until the end of their lives.
  • At least one Israeli archaeologist claimed to find the tomb of Jesus, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Matthew, and Christ’s son (sic) were all buried in a family tomb in Talpiyot in Jerusalem. 
  • There is also a claim that Mary died at what is now the small town of Murree in Pakistan. The sepulchre is called Mai Mari da Asthan, meaning “resting place of Mother Mary”.

See also:

Tomb of the Virgin Mary

 

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