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  HEBRON

 

    Hebron is one of the oldest and holiest cities in the land. It is associated with the Tomb of the Patriarchs. It is also
   well known for its glass-blowing industry, and for the grapes, olives and figs that are grown on the terraced hills
   surrounding the town. Built during the Great Revolt, Hebron was David's capital before Jerusalem. The Tomb of the    Patriarchs is still the most outstanding building in Hebron. The second holiest Jewish shrine, the cave was originally
   bought by Abraham from Efron the Hittite. Here he buried his wife, Sarah; when he died he was interred close to her.
   Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob and Leah were all buried there.Originally Herodian, the present structure was enlarged
   by the Crusaders and decorated by the Mamelukes. Tombs were built over the graves as Moslems forbade entry into
   the cave itself. At present the hall is divided between Jews and Moslems - the larger, more ornate section serves as
   mosque, while the smaller, more modest part is used as a synagogue. Visiting hours and times for prayer are also
   shared.