Eve's Tomb – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Atlas Obscura

Eve's Tomb

An archaeological site believed to be the burial place of the "mother of us all." 


On the gates of one of the oldest cemeteries in the Al Balad neighborhood of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, there’s a small sign reading “Our Mother Eve.” Inside, there’s a tomb believed by many to be the burial place of Eve, as in Adam and Eve.

It is estimated that the tomb was 120 meters long, three metres wide and six metres high before its condition began to deteriorate decades ago due to the neglect by Wahhabist authorities who believe paying too much attention to a grave site is likely to lead to idolatry. Nonetheless, Eve’s body supposedly ended up in Jeddah, where she might have lived, and was buried here.

The tomb is mentioned in many classic travel narratives from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and still draws admirers.

Know Before You Go

The graveyard where the to tomb is found is only accessible for Muslims. The entrance gate is guarded by security and the guards will check your accessibility status.

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