Oak of Mamre

It is estimated that thу Oak of Mamre is approximately 5,000 years old.

The ancient Oak of Mamre in Hebron. Photo 1890-1900
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The Oak of Mamre at Hirbet es-Sibte, 2 km southwest of Mamre in the West Bank, is an ancient tree which, in tradition, is said to mark the place where Abraham entertained the three angels or where Abraham pitched his tent.

The site of the oak was acquired in 1868 by Archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin) for the Church of Russia, and the Monastery of the Holy Trinity was founded nearby.

he Oak of Mamre (also called the Oak of Sibta), at Hirbet es-Sibte, 2 km southwest of Mamre, also called The Oak of Abraham is an ancient tree which, in tradition, is said to mark the place where Abraham entertained the three angels or where Abraham pitched his tent. It is estimated that this oak is approximately 5,000 years old.
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The site has since been a major attraction for Russian pilgrims before the revolution, and is the only functioning Christian shrine in the Hebron region.

The ancient Oak of Mamre in Hebron. Photo 1890-1900
pinterest button The ancient Oak of Mamre in Hebron. Photo 1890—1900 unknown, Public Domain

After the Russian Revolution, the property came under the control of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

A long-standing tradition is that the Oak of Abraham will die before the appearance of the Antichrist. The main oak trunk has been dead since 1996. In 1998 appeared a root sprout.

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The Oak of Mamre
The Oak of Abraham
also called the Oak of Sibta

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