The Garden Tomb:
Check out the Skull (sort of) 

The Garden Tomb is a site in Jerusalem that some believe to be the real burial place of Jesus. Most Christians and researchers though believe that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the actual place of the crucifixion and burial of Christ.

The garden was first identified by a British General named Gordon. Per the New Testament Jesus was buried on a skull hill. This guy, General Gordon, while on duty in Jerusalem some 130 years ago, believed that he saw a skull-shaped rock close to the Old City. Gordon decided that the place must be Jesus’ burial place. Looking at the rock you would notice some slight resemblance to a skull, although it is a bit of a stretch…

The skull-shaped rock at the Garden Tomb in JerusalemThe skull-shaped rock at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. Picture by www.HolyLandPhotos.org.

Whatever the case may be, the garden is a very pleasant site to visit, and I would recommend you to check it out while in Jerusalem if you have some extra time.

Today it is a well kept English garden run by a committee in London. Also in the garden you will find a burial cave that per archeologists dates back to a few hundred years B.C. (which can give you a hint as to the authenticity of the place).

There is also a sign hanging there that states “He is not here – for he has risen”.

Tourists at the front of the Garden TombTourists approach the front of the Garden Tomb (Source: Flickr.com)

The garden is a nice place to visit overall and the facilities are quite good. You can arrange for a free tour by calling +972-2-627-2745.




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