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Golgotha Skull Hill, Jerusalem: 6 reviews and 9 photos
Where is the original Golgotha, or Calvary, where according to the New Testament Jesus was crucified and buried?
The Catholics, Greek Orthodox and other Eastern churches believe that Golgotha was where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands, inside the Old City walls of today. The Protestants, however, point to a totally different location, outside Damascus Gate. This hypothesis was raised by the British General Charles Gordon in the 19th century. When he looked at the hill outside Damascus Gate he had a nystical experience, saw a pair of eyes and a mouth on the hill which made it look like a skull, and identified the hill as Golgotha.
Today this is an impressive religious site which is managed by the Committee of the Garden Tomb Association. It consists of a beautiful garden with a view of the hill itself (now occupied by a Muslim cemetery), and the cave of the tomb, which has a small atrium and two empty tombs. In the garden there is also an ancient winepress (see photo) and a huge ancient water cistern.
Archaelogists actually date this tomb (and several others nearby) to the period of the First Temple, hundreds of years before Christ, but this does not detract from the appeal of the Garden Tomb. The believers can visualize the hill, the garden and the ancient tomb, and the whole story from the New Testament comes to life for them: Joseph of Arimathea donated the empty tomb, which he had prepared for himself, to the entombment of Jesus.
In the garden there are many areas for groups of pilgrims to sit together, listen to sermons, pray and sing. During our tour of the garden we were impressed by groups from all corners of the globe, each singing and praying in their own language and style: Germans, Scandinavians, African Americans from Chicago, Nigerians (see video)...
No matter what your denomination is, the Garden Tomb is a place of beauty and inspiration.
Address: Conrad Schick Lane, near 6 Nablus Road, Jerusalem
Directions: Across from Damascus Gate outside the walls. Free entrance and guided tours.
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