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Garden Tomb

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Basic Information

Location 31°47′1.87″N 35°13′47.92″E
Country Israel
City Jerusalem

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Tourist%20Information/Christian%20Themes/Details/Pages/The%20Garden%20Tomb%20%20%20chr.aspx
Geographical Coordinates 31.78385,35.22998


Summary

The Garden Tomb (also known as Gordon's Calvary),located in Jerusalem, outside the city walls and close to the Damascus Gate, is a rock-cut tomb considered by some to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus, and to be adjacent to Golgotha, in contradistinction to the traditional site for these—the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. There is no mention of the Garden Tomb as the place of Jesus burial before the nineteenth century.


Reception

Due to the archaeological issues the Garden Tomb site raises, several scholars have rejected its claim to be Jesus tomb. However, despite the archaeological discoveries, the Garden Tomb has become a popular place of pilgrimage among Protestants. Mormon leaders have not formally committed to the identification, but the Garden Tomb has been the most favored site among church leaders. Though acceptance of the validity of the traditional site, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is not a tenet of faith for any major Christian denomination, many Catholic and Orthodox Christians ignore the potential of the Garden Tomb, and hold fast to the traditional location.

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