King David's Tomb
Located on Mount Zion, King David’s Tomb is traditionally considered to be the final resting place of King David, ancient Israel’s second king and writer of the Psalms. The Tomb can be found within Hagia Zion, a Byzantine Church built on the site. The building is now contained within the Diaspora Yeshiva complex.
Adjacent to King David’s Tomb is the Temple Mount. During the 19 years between the War of Independence and the Six Day War, when the Temple Mount and Western wall were unreachable by Israeli citizens and visitors, religious Jews would climb the building of King David’s Tomb to pray toward the Western Wall. To this day, many religious Jews come to the Tomb on the Shavuot holiday to pray as this is the date of King David’s demise.
There is a discrepancy regarding the site of King David’s actual burial place. Archaeologists and academics have long searched within the City of David for alternate possibilities. Eight beautifully decorated stones were found in the early 20th Century, one of which is said to provide a replica of the biblical site.