Saturday, December 16, 2006

Garden Tomb of Jerusalem

Entrance to the Garden Tomb

A well-maintained garden

End of the Garden Tomb, from where you can see the Skull Hill
The skull hill, so-called because of the obvious feature of a human skull on the cliff side

A closer shot on the clifftop shows what appear as tombs and markers

Here is a photograph of the rainwater cistern, the third largest in Jerusalem Israel

A peek down the cistern

Sign on the door says: "He is not here for He has risen." The tomb was discovered in 1867 by archaeologists
A replica of the rolling stone that sealed the tomb of Jesus
Tomb sign

The winepress - well-preserved and said to be one of the largest in Israel

The sign says "mornings closed" yet we were able to get in the Garden Tomb at Jerusalem Israel at 10 in the morning. You could see that the Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association is doing a good job in maintaining the Garden as it is apparently well-kept and preserved.

One of the popular Christian sites in Jerusalem Israel, the Garden Tomb belonged to a covert disciple of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, whose wealth was evident with the presence of a rainwater cistern and winepress in the garden.

The Garden Tomb and the Skull Hill (seen from the far end of the Garden) is said to be the actual site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. The garden and hill fit the description of the tomb and crucifixion sites told in the Bible. And the Skull hill indeed shows the skull features. Other names of the hill are the Golgotha and the Mount Calvary.

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