Hebron is one of the oldest continuously
inhabited towns in the world. Its Arabic name, Khalil al-Rahman,
means 'The Friend of God'. Hebron is closely identified with
Abraham and is regarded as holy by Christians, Muslims, and
Jews. According to tradition, Abraham pitched his tent in
Hebron's plain of Mamre. When his wife Sarah died, Abraham
bought the cave of Machpela from Ephron the Hittite and buried
her there. Located in the center of Hebron, the Tomb of the
Patriarchs became the tomb of the patriarchs and their wives.
Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Rebecca, Leah, and Jacob, were all
Hebron lies in a mountainous region south
of Jerusalem at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level.
Among its interesting features are the narrow and winding
streets, the flat-roofed stone houses, and the old bazaars.
It is famous for its blown glass, ceramic, leather, and cotton
products as well as its variety of choice grapes.