At the far end of the garden is a semicircular stone pergola rising behind the sculpture of a crouched woman holding a sundial. The woman looks away from the dial, as if divorced from time, hinting that here, time stands still.
The path crosses the Rose Garden and continues on ahead. Turn left at the intersection of the paths towards the Crypt. A second turn to the left is indicated by a sign leading to the courtyard of the Crypt. The paved courtyard is surrounded by a decorative pool and a colonnade of black marble pillars. A large cypress tree, reminiscent of a flame, is the dominant feature of the courtyard, representing a memorial candle. To the right of the tree is a sculpted stone ‘cup of tears’ that drips water into the channel below.
Pass through the heavy metal gate to a low passageway that leads directly to the Crypt itself. The entrance is illuminated by rays of light that pierce the stone exterior. Overhead, six heart-shaped lamps light the passageway. Two strips of black stones in the paved floor represent the inevitable descent to death.
In the burial Crypt is a tomb of black polished basalt in the form of a seven-sided polygon. It is here that the Baron and Baroness were reinterred twenty years after their deaths. Their son, James de Rothschild, fulfilled his father’s wish to be laid to eternal rest ‘in the rock’ of Israel, close to the community of Zikhron Ya’acov.