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The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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The Garden Tomb 3D

The Garden Tomb 3D

Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem

Visit the site of the crucifixion, burial & resurrection of Jesus from home! Take a 3D virtual tour of The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem as never seen before! Follow the guided tour or navigate yourself and explore the site believed by millions to be where Jesus was crucified and from whence He rose.

Explore & learn about the story of the last days of Jesus in Jerusalem, the history of the Garden Tomb, objects and stories of this holy site such as:

  • The Calvary aka 'Golgotha' —The rock upon which Jesus was crucified.
  • The Tomb —The Tomb of Jesus Christ from whence He rose.
  • The Garden —Its history and purpose.

Walk around freely, learn and experience this holy site close to the hearts of millions of Christians around the globe.

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The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

Background & History

Even though the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is regarded by many as the place of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, there is another site in Jerusalem which many believe is where these fateful events transpired. The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, also known as the Gordon’s Calvary, is regarded by Protestant, Anglican and Evangelist Christians as well as many scholars, to be the true site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Notwithstanding, even the keepers of the Garden Tomb do not claim that this is the irrefutable site of Christ’s crucifixion and rather emphasize the importance of the site as a place for reflection and prayer over the last fateful days of Jesus in Jerusalem.

The Garden Tomb is located outside the Jerusalem Old City Walls very close to the Damascus Gate, also known as Nablus Gate.

The Garden Tomb’s Authenticity

The Garden Tomb was first recognized as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in the mid-19th century. Until that time, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, located inside the Jerusalem city walls, was considered the only site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection. However, the plausibility of the Calvary, or Golgotha, being in such proximity to the residential area of Jerusalem is quite small.

Several other factors support the claim that the beautiful Garden Tomb is indeed the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus in Jerusalem:


  • The Garden Tomb is indeed a burial cave with a garden which dates back to the 1st century (the times of Jesus). This coincides with the Bible’s description of Jesus being buried in a cave within a garden.
  • Evidence support the claim that the tomb and garden belonged to a wealthy man which coincides with the biblical story of Joseph of Arimathea who donated his tomb for the burial of Christ.
  • The site is located outside Jerusalem’s 1st century Old City walls and along what was once a major road (to Nablus and Damascus), which was also as described in the Bible.
  • The discovery of an ancient cistern and wine press demonstrate that the location was once a garden, as Jesus’ crucifixion site was described to be.
  • The Gospels describe how the apostles of Jesus disciples had to bend to enter the tomb – as all visitors must do in the tomb of the Garden Tomb.
  • In the Bible it is described that the Tomb of Jesus was sealed by a rolling stone, which coincides with the structure of the tomb in the Garden Tomb.

The Garden Tomb - a place of Beauty and Reflection


The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem is a majestic place to visit and should be included in every visit to Jerusalem. Despite the controversies regarding its authenticity, the Garden Tomb is enchanting and inviting. Whatever your belief may be, the Garden Tomb reminds Christians of all denominations of the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.

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Inside the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

Inside the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

The Last Days of Jesus in Jerusalem

The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem

The Garden Tomb in Jerusalem is believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Located right outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, by Damascus Gate, the Garden Tomb is one of Jerusalem’s most beautiful and spiritual sites. Although it is accepted by all that Jesus was crucified and buried in Jerusalem, different denominations within Christianity differ in regard to the exact location of these fateful events.

Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Coptic Christians point to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which stands within the Old City Walls, as the true site of the Calvary, or ‘Golgotha’, upon which Christ’s was crucified and from whence He rose. However, many Protestant, Evangelist and Anglican Christians, as well as many scholars, believe this site to be where the Garden Tomb lies today.

Up to the 19th century the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was considered to be the site of the Calvary. As archeology and science progressed, questions arose regarding whether the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the actual site of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Around 1882, the British General Charles Gordon began making a case that the traditional Roman Catholic location of the Holy Sepulchre is incorrect and that in fact the actual location of Calvary, the “Skull Hill” and the tomb of Jesus is outside the Old City walls to the east by Damascus Gate.

Golgotha – The Calvary

The Calvary, the hill upon which Jesus was crucified, is also referred to in the canonical gospels as ‘Golgotha’, which is Hebrew and Aramaic for the word ‘Skull’. As it is written in the Book of John, chapter 19:

“Then he delivered Him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went forth into a place called the Place of a Skull which is called in the Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him...”

The exact origin of the name is unclear. However, many point to the resemblance of the hill adjacent to the Garden Tomb, to the shape of human skull. This serves as a strengthening factor in the plausibility of this hill as being the actual hill of the Calvary where Christ was crucified and the Garden Tomb as the site of His burial and resurrection.

In addition to the skull-like shape of the hill several other factors, which coincide with the biblical depictions of the crucifixion, support the contention that this is the actual site of the crucifixion of Jesus:

First, the hill is located on a central road that once connected Jerusalem with Nebulous and Damascus. The Roman Empire traditionally crucified offenders on main roads and market places to instill fear and reverence. Second, the hill is located nearby a first century-period tomb and wine press. Finally, it is located outside the Second Temple period city walls, which is an important factor since according to Jewish custom it is prohibited to bury the deceased within the city walls and so it is less likely that the tomb of Christ is where the Holy Sepulchre Church stands today.

The Garden and the Tomb

There is little doubt that the Tomb within the Garden Tomb belonged to a wealthy man who lived sometime around the first century. The discovery of an ancient cistern and wine press also indicate that this location was once a garden, as Christ’s burial site was described to be.

These facts strengthen the claim that this is the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea who donated his own tomb, which lay in a garden, for the burial of Jesus. As it is written in the book of John, chapter 19:

“At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no-one had ever been laid.”

In addition to the evidence supporting the claim that this may be the tomb of Christ from whence He rose, there are several more elements within this Tomb which support the claim:

First, the entrance to the tomb is low which coincides with the Gospels depiction of how the disciples of Jesus had to bend as they entered the chamber of the Tomb. Second a deep ridge in front of the tomb suggests that a large, round stone was once rolled over the opening of the tomb to seal it, as is described in the gospels.

The Tomb of Christ

This is believed by many Protestant, Evangelists and Anglican Christians to be the tomb of Jesus Christ from whence He rose. The farther burial niche inside the burial chamber is visible from the outside which supports the Gospel texts which describe the Tomb of Jesus as visible from the outside, as it is written in the Book of John Chapter 20:

“Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb”

The tomb includes two burial niches and an entrance space which is known as the ‘Weeping Chamber’. The painted red cross on the wall between the two tomb niches was added sometime around the Byzantine and Crusader periods, most probably as part of Christian worship customs of the time. Over the years the Tomb suffered damage due to earthquakes. Unfortunately, no trace of the original rolling stone was found in 1867 when the tomb was re-excavated.

Conclusion

Much of the Garden’s characteristics and archeological findings support the claim that this is the actual site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial & resurrection: The tomb itself is carved in rock, includes a rolling-stone ridge, a weeping chamber and is located within a garden which belonged to a wealthy man during the times of Jesus – all characteristics described in the gospels. Moreover, adjacent to the garden is a hill that resembles a human skull which could serve as the explanation for the Hebrew name of the Calvary – Golgotha.

Notwithstanding, the custodians of the Garden Tomb do not claim that this is undeniably the site of Christ’s crucifixion, burial & resurrection. More importantly, they ask that the Garden Tomb be a place of gathering, reflection and faith over the teachings and promise of eternal life for those who accept Jesus as their savior.

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