However, as is common with many sites in Israel, these traditions, as well as the names of the Sites can be very deceiving.
Lets check out some examples:
Absalom's (Avshalom Ben David) Tomb, Absalom's Pillar
However in the last decade, it has been proven that this building actually dates to around the 1st Century CE, an is a burial monument for adjacent Jehoshaphat's Cave. Still science cannot undo thousands of years, the site still bears the name of Absalom, ready to lead unsuspecting visitors astray.
Another interesting monument in the area is known as Zechariya's Tomb.
Attributed as the burial place of Zecharia son of Jehoiada (Chronicles 2 Chapter 24), this monument is actually empty and was never used as a burial tomb. Some modern archaelogists believe it may be the burial monument for the Hazir Tomb, a cave found nearby.
|Jewish grave makers of people buried near or on Zechariya's tomb|
|Magnificent view from the stair path, helpful for Kohanim, also the way to the tombs from the City of David|
At the end of the day, I can't tell you who started these rumors, who perpetuated them, or which is worse. But I can tell you that these incredible works of art, no matter what their original intentions, are spots rich with history and definitely worth a stop on your next trip to Jerusalem.