The tomb of the Blessed Virgin is not far from the Gethsemane Grotto on the Mount of Olives. The Tomb of the Blessed Virgin is believed to be where apostles laid Mary to rest prior to her Assumption into heaven.
While its exterior church was destroyed numerous times during invasions of Jerusalem, the crypt was left in tact. The cave church is decorated with hanging lamps as pilgrims make their way down the stairs into the tomb. The tomb was built as a mausoleum, with the outer structure enclosing an interior space known as an aedicule.
The replica here at the Monastery was built in 1916 and dedicated on the Feast of the Assumption. The inside is home to a marble altar and a Byzantine style painting of the Madonna and child.