- Visitors in Iraq can now visit the Jewish shrine of Prophet Ezekiel's tomb
- The shrine is concealed in the compound of a newly-built Shi'ite mosque
- The Shi'ite mosque was said to have replaced the original synagogue
A Jewish shrine of Prophet Ezekiel's tomb has been opened to visitors in Iraq. The shrine is concealed in the compound of a newly-built Shi'ite mosque that replaced the original synagogue.
According to Haaretz, the shrine is attracting mainly Muslim pilgrims.
Legit.ng gathers that the synagogue and the grave were a pilgrimage site for Jews from all over Iraq for centuries.
This changed when the Jews fled to Israel in the early 1950s, and most of the rest left in the 1970s.
Ahmed Abdelrahman, who was hired as a guide to inform visitors about the shrine and attract more pilgrims, said the shrine’s building is over 1,800 years old.
It should be noted that Ezekiel is not only known to Judaism and Christianity, he is also one of 24 Christian and Jewish prophets listed in the Quran.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that One of the world's earliest known mosques, built around 1,200 years ago, was discovered by archaeologists in Israel's Negev Desert.
The remains, dating from the 7th or 8th century, were found in the Bedouin town of Rahat.
Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) said the mosque was unearthed during building work in the area.
According to IAA, it is the first known mosque from this period in the area, rivalling the age of those found in Mecca and Jerusalem.
The excavation directors, Jon Seligman and Shahar Zur, said the mosque would be"a rare discovery anywhere in the world."
Researchers believe the mosque's congregation were likely to have been local farmers.
In other news, Christians celebrated the return of a little wooden relic that was believed to be part of Jesus' manger, 1400 years after it was gifted to the pope in Rome.
The small-sized cradle was shown to worshipers on Friday, November 29, 2019, at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem during a-day celebration and prayer.
By Saturday, November 30, 2019, the media said it would be sent to its permanent place at the Franciscan Church of St Catherine, very close to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.
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