The Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb, Jerusalem

The Garden Tomb
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
About
Located north of the Old City’s Damascus Gate, this Christian holy site is a perfect place for prayer and contemplation. Many believe it to be the site of Christ's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.
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1 contribution
Jun 2020
Wonderful tour and place but guides were not convicted that this indeed was the place where Jesus died and was buried. Several issues: The ground of Jesus’ day was actually about 10 to 20 feet below present day levels so unless the tomb access was by ladder, I find it doubtful that this was indeed the tomb. I do believe that the location is right along the cliff face, it’s just that it still remains buried below the tomb that is there. Some scholars suggest that this is a newer tomb dating to a few hundred years AD.
Also, I asked about an ancient couple of chiseled niches that can be seen around knee level on a platform halfway to the golgotha viewing platform. I asked if they could have been made to hold the signs that announced Jesus’ crime. But I did not get any satisfactory answer. This would be significant because if that was the case, then excavating down to the bedrock of Jesus’ time would reveal at least three cross holes and we would be standing over the exact spot of the most significant event in history! When I asked about the crack running down the cliff face and into the ground below us and if there was any significance to that, I was met with seeming indifference. Through years of research, I am convinced that there must be some significance to Matthews account of the “earth quaked and the rocks were rent” at the moment of Jesus’ death. I always wondered what happened to all His precious blood. Did it just pool on the ground, or did it have the greater purpose to “anoint the most holy” (Dan 9:24)? After all, Jesus said He would fulfill every jot and tittle of the law and would not fulfilling Leviticus 16:17 be paramount? When the blood was sprinkled on the ark, that was the moment that sins were forgiven in the OT.
So that would unravel the greatest mystery of all time...what happened to the ark of the covenant? Seems to me that it would have to be buried right underneath the cross of Christ, and the earthquake provided the pathway for the blood and water to end up exactly where it had to be. Sounds like an awesome plan of God would you not agree? Can you imagine that the Israeli Rabbis would not know this? After all, plans for the 3rd temple are complete and when it is finally built, the ark will be brought into it. Since the real ark is in heaven, would this not qualify as the Abomination of Desolation?!
I think the Garden Tomb Association is either afraid of being truthfully candid or they have been ordered not to pursue the truth and just to be happy to have tourists visit there.
Written 11 May 2021
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Dec 2019
Interesting site claiming to be the actual location of the Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Within close proximity is "Golgotha" (Aramaic for Skull), bearing a resemblance to a skull on the face of a hill, which now unfortunately stands above a bus station. In 1842 Otto Thenius, a German Scholar, felt for numerous reasons that this was perhaps the true location as opposed to the traditional Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Having visited twice over the years, my first impression left me believing that this was the sacred location, yet upon my second visit, I felt that the traditional site designated in the 4th century under Emperor Constantine might likely be so. You must visit both locations, which will leave you with deep spiritual insights at each. The tomb is an extremely moving experience, and what is written as you leave the tomb which is carved into stone, will put a smile upon your face. The gardens are lovely and the perfect spot for prayer and Scriptural reading. Definitely make the visit.
Written 17 November 2020
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Patricia T
Lewisburg, PA208 contributions
Sep 2019
I was really humbled at the tomb. You can sit outside and just reflect or pray. But you may also enter the tomb. I was surprised to see how small it was inside. I tought it would've been bigger then it was. I mean the place where Jesus' body would have been laid.
Written 24 July 2020
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Thank you for the kind review. We are very glad that you had a nice experience when you visited the Garden Tomb. Hopefully you will be able to return some day. Brian
Written 26 July 2020
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J E1
Atlanta, GA83 contributions
Feb 2020
This was an important site that we visited. I enjoyed it and the tour guide provided by the Garden Tomb was very good - knowledgable and communicated well
Written 27 June 2020
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Thank you very much for your kind review of the Garden Tomb. We are very glad that you enjoyed your experience. We hope that you can return some day.
Written 18 July 2020
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Betsy G
North Canton, OH48 contributions
Feb 2020
We were so impressed with our guide who was very knowledgeable. History surrounded us and the garden was beautiful. Since we were with a tour group, we did have a communion service and were given olive wood communion cups to use and bring home.
Written 19 June 2020
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Thank you for your kind words. Our guides are volunteers or staff that have a passion for the ministry and message of the Garden Tomb. We are very happy that your experience was a good one. Please come again the next time you come to Jerusalem.
Written 18 July 2020
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mdh
7 contributions
Jun 2019
So much about this place fits the Biblical record but loved the perspective of the onsite tour guides. They don't adamantly insist it's the tomb of Christ but explain how it could be and what the significance of the empty tomb means to the world. Very surreal and uplifting.
Written 30 May 2020
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Thank you for your review. We also believe that our Garden is a must see when in Jerusalem. Thank you for mentioning that we explain what we believe is the significance of the Garden. We are very happy that it was a good experience for you.
Written 18 July 2020
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Rick F
Palmerston North, New Zealand23 contributions
Jan 2020
Lovely, peaceful setting. Nice gift shop and facilities. An oasis amongst the bustle of the city - recommended.
Written 14 April 2020
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Thank you for your kind review. Please come back and visit us again if you are able to return to Jerusalem.
Written 18 July 2020
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etbtravelphotography
Denver, CO643 contributions
Feb 2020
a peaceful place first thing in the morning, but the tombs have been dated to a different time, just as it is unknown if the tomb in the church is Jesus's or not too. Take it for what it's worth. Entrance by donation. Opens at 8am
Written 13 April 2020
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Thank you for your review. Entrance is free and we never ask anyone for a donation as an entrance fee. You can come to the Garden Tomb and visit, free of charge. We have donation boxes for those that want to help us with our expenses.
Written 6 July 2020
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JAE
25 contributions
Jan 2020
Peaceful and tranquil, this is the place where many Protestants believe that Jesus was buried. I thought our guide provided an excellent explanation/argument as to why this location is the one that they believe the event occurred. I found this site to much less chaotic than the Church of the Holy Sepluchre. The Garden Tomb is what I had always imagine the Garden of Gethsemane to look like, and it is an excellent place for Protestants to ake communion.
Written 3 April 2020
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loist51
Richmond, VA809 contributions
Jan 2020
Garden Tomb was very small yet impressive. To think this is where the body of Jesus was laid is a lot to process. It is a somber area of the City and emotional experience, in my opinion.
Written 26 March 2020
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