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Katef Hinnom - Shoulder of Hinnom

In Jerusalem, the old covers the new. We are at a small spot at the edge of Gey Ben Hinnom. At the foot of Saint Andrews Church, and right above The Menahem Begin Heritage Center lies the remains of ancient burial caves that were used by the dwellers of Jerusalem at the time of Kings and Judges from the first temple era. The site consists of a series of rock-hewn burial chambers based on natural caverns. People lived in Jerusalem and people died. When someone died, his body was brought to the burial cave and laid on a stone slab. After a year, his family would gather the bones and transfer them to a family burial ground or cave.