A Jewish cemetery seen on the slopes of Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem

A Jewish cemetery seen on the slopes of Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem

On the upper slopes of the Mount of Olives are the Jewish graves, in the middle (close to the Kidron Valley), are the Christian graves and beside the city wall, lies the Bab al-Rahma (Muslim cemetery)

On the upper slopes of the Mount of Olives are the Jewish graves, in the middle (close to the Kidron Valley), are the Christian graves and beside the city wall, lies the Bab al-Rahma (Muslim cemetery)

In this photo, Jewish graves are seen in foreground, the drop after that is of the Kidron Valley and stairs lead to the Temple Mount and Bab al-Rahma

In this photo, Jewish graves are seen in foreground, the drop after that is of the Kidron Valley and stairs lead to the Temple Mount and Bab al-Rahma

It is estimated that around 70,000 tombs are dotted on this mountain

It is estimated that around 70,000 tombs are dotted on this mountain

Slopes of the Mount of Olives Mountain with the Tombs of Absalom and Zachariah at the bottom

Slopes of the Mount of Olives Mountain with the Tombs of Absalom and Zachariah at the bottom

With a sign of a crown on these two graves, it suggests that it belonged to a ruling elite

With a sign of a crown on these two graves, it suggests that it belonged to a ruling elite

This grave was located inside a small room on the upper slopes of the Mount of Olives

This grave was located inside a small room on the upper slopes of the Mount of Olives

When I was visiting the upper parts of the mountain, I saw a guy who took few stones from the cemetery and put in his pocket

When I was visiting the upper parts of the mountain, I saw a guy who took few stones from the cemetery and put in his pocket

Entrance door of a small tomb which contains few graves

Entrance door of a small tomb which contains few graves

View of Jerusalem city from the Mount of Olives with the Jewish cemetry in the foreground

View of Jerusalem city from the Mount of Olives with the Jewish cemetry in the foreground

Graves on the slopes of the Mount of Olives with the East Jerusalem and Silwan in the background

Graves on the slopes of the Mount of Olives with the East Jerusalem and Silwan in the background

The old Jewish cemetery sprawled over the slopes of the Mount of Olives overlooking the Kidron Valley (Valley of Jehoshaphat), radiating out from the lower, ancient part, which preserved Jewish graves from the second Temple Period

The old Jewish cemetery sprawled over the slopes of the Mount of Olives overlooking the Kidron Valley (Valley of Jehoshaphat), radiating out from the lower, ancient part, which preserved Jewish graves from the second Temple Period

The cemetery was quite close to the Old City, its chief merit being that it overlooked the Temple Mount. According to Jewish tradition, it was here that the Resurrection of the Dead would begin

The cemetery was quite close to the Old City, its chief merit being that it overlooked the Temple Mount. According to Jewish tradition, it was here that the Resurrection of the Dead would begin

In the Middle Ages, the Jews of the city were buried on the eastern slopes of the Temple Mount. Later the cemetery spread along the Kidron Valley and to its east, to the foot of the Mount of Olives

In the Middle Ages, the Jews of the city were buried on the eastern slopes of the Temple Mount. Later the cemetery spread along the Kidron Valley and to its east, to the foot of the Mount of Olives

Some of the graves are dug up but no one was buried there - I heard from the locals that it was very expensive to bury there and some families buy land in well advance

Some of the graves are dug up but no one was buried there - I heard from the locals that it was very expensive to bury there and some families buy land in well advance

A path leading from the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives to the upper

A path leading from the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives to the upper

A small gate was open beside the path to provide access to this part of the cemetery

A small gate was open beside the path to provide access to this part of the cemetery

Jewish graves in the foreground - in the background, Muslim neighbourhood of East Jerusalem can be seen, a spy balloon is above the area

Jewish graves in the foreground - in the background, Muslim neighbourhood of East Jerusalem can be seen, a spy balloon is above the area

Slopes of the Mount of Olives are in the foreground, in the middle lies the Kidron Valley and in the background is the Old City with the dome of al-Aqsa Mosque

Slopes of the Mount of Olives are in the foreground, in the middle lies the Kidron Valley and in the background is the Old City with the dome of al-Aqsa Mosque