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Looking north into the tomb complex. This tomb was discovered in 1956 and is located in west Jerusalem, in Rehavia. This side of the arch is the first of the two courtyards. Beyond the arch is the second court. Note the (reconstructed) pyramid shaped roof.
The tomb is a fine (reconstructed) funeral monument from the late Hellenistic - early Roman period. It was the tomb of a high priestly family that was forced out of Jerusalem in 172 B.C. (2 Maccabees 5:5-10) by their rival, Menelaus. It was constructed in the second century B.C. and was in use until A.D. 30.