Tomb of the Prophet Samuel

The tomb of the Prophet is situated on top of a mountain, 890m above sea level and 4km north of Jerusalem. The village is traditionally held to contain the tomb of the prophet Samuel from which the village receives its name.  It was built around a mosque with a minaret that offers an extensive view of the hills of Jerusalem. Its mosque is a prominent landmark. The site consists of a large turreted mosque and a cellar, which holds the cloth-covered tomb of Samuel. In the Byzantine period a monastery was built at Nabi Samwil, serving as a hostel for Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. It was restored and enlarged during the reign of Justinian in the mid-6th-century AD.