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Albert Tours Blog-  A Licensed Tour Guide - Israel

The Stone of Unction (or Stone of Anointing)

Immediately after entering the St Sepulchre in Jerusalem, visitors are facing a large slab that many people come to kiss. This is the Stone of Unction, also called Stone of Anointing, where, according to Christian tradition, the body of Jesus was washed and oiled (hence the word unction or anointing) when removed from the Cross and before being placed into a burial cave nearby that belonged to Joseph of Arimathea who donated it for Jesus' burial.