During the 19th century some people began to question the authenticity of the traditional site of the Crucifixion at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In 1883 General Gordon was impressed by the location and skull-like appearance of a rocky knoll outside the northern wall of the Old City, which in time would be known as “Gordon’s Calvary”.

Spurred by the discovery of an ancient burial tomb at the foot of the hill the adjacent land was purchased by what would be known as the Garden Tomb Association in London which administers the site. In addition to the ancient cistern and wine press visitors are able to enter the tomb.

Gazing at the entrance, with Christian symbols etched on the façade, the words “And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body” (Luke 24:2-3) come alive.

Throughout the beautiful gardens are a number of secluded prayer areas to enable the many visiting pilgrims celebrate communion. At all time, and in many different languages, one can hear songs of praise and prayer.

Text content copyrights: Bein Harim Ltd., Beryl Ratzer (www.ratzer.com)

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