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The place where the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected

Updated on November 29, 2011

The Place of the Lord Jesus Christ's Crucifixion

The Gospel is centered on the Lord Jesus Christ, His Crucifixion, burial and Resurrection

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you -- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

The gospel of salvation is centered and based on the Lord Jesus Christ, His death, burial and resurrection. Although the place where the Lord had died, buried and resurrected does not affect a person’s faith and salvation, yet Christians throughout the ages have shown great interest in the knowledge of its exact location.

Traditional Site of the Place of Crucifixion

In the Fourth Century after the Roman emperor Constantine became a Christian, his mother Empress Helena went to the Holy Land to look for the site. When she arrived in Jerusalem she was told that Golgotha and the tomb were in the vicinity of an old Jewish cemetery located on the northwest side of the city. The present Church of the Holy Sepulcher that was built on that location is generally regarded by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Arminian and Coptic churches as the official site of the crucifixion, but many biblical scholars outside of these traditional churches have expressed serious doubts about it. The best-known alternate location, Gordon's Calvary (the Garden Tomb), is about 0.4 mile north of the ancient city.

Biblical Description of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Place of Crucifixion

According to all the four canonical gospels, the Lord Jesus Christ was brought to the "Place of a Skull”and crucified with two thieves.

Matthew 27:33 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull,”

Mark 15:22 “And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.”

Luke 23:33“And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.” [Calvaryis an English name derived from the Latin word for skull (calvaria),]

John 19:17And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,”

The Bible does not reveal the precise location of Golgotha. It simply states that Jesus’ crucifixion took place near the city” of Jerusalem (John 19:20) . Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.”(Heb. 13:12) Jewish law did not permit executions and burials inside the city.

The "Place of a Skull"

General Gordon’s Discovery of Golgotha

In 1883 British General Charles George Gordon, a hero of the Crimean War who abolished slavery in Africa, came to live for a year in Ein Karem near Jerusalem. During one of his tours near the Old City, and in parallel to a mystic experience he underwent, he suddenly noticed a small hill close to the Nablus Gate. He looked at the rocky escarpment from several angles and noticed its resemblance to the face of a skull with two hollow eye sockets and the bridge of a nose. He determined that this was the Lord Jesus Christ's true place of crucifixion and burial.

Gordon's "revelation" was based on the fact that the area was fenced, which according to Jewish burial laws, must be outside the walls of the city.

Besides the skull-like appearance, there are a few other details put forward in favor of the identification as Golgotha. The location of the site would have made executions carried out there a highly visible sight, to people using the main road leading north from the city; the presence of the skull-feature in the background would have added to the deterrent effect.

General Gordon saw the rocky escarpment resembling the face of s Skull with two eye sockets and the bridge of a nose

Biblical Description of the Lord Jesus Christ’s Place of Burial

Sepulchers (tombs) were carved out of rock on a hillside or placed in caves (Mt. 27:59-60; Gen. 23:19-20). Because dead bodies were considered unclean, Jewish burial plots and cemeteries were always outside the city walls.

Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews' Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.”(Jn. 19:41-42)

It was a new tomb provided by a rich man Joseph of Arimathea (Mt. 27:57-60). Pilate, the priests, and Pharisees wanted to assure that Jesus would not come back to life so they sealed and guarded the tomb (Mt. 27:62-66).

General Gordon’s Discovery of the Garden Tomb

General Gordon must have also read the Scriptures and perceived there would be a tomb cut out of the rock in the vicinity of the Place of a skull. Indeed there was one, and thus the burial place of the Lord Jesus Christ was discovered. The Place of the skull with the Garden Tomb near by fits exactly the apostle John's description in the Bible. (Jn. 19:41-42).

General Gordon discovered the Tomb that was cut out of the rock near the Place of a Skull

The Tomb that was cut out of the rock near the Place of a Skull

Interior of the Garden Tomb where the body of the Lord Jesus Christ could have been laid

The Lord Jesus Christ has resurrected. The Tomb is empty


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      samuel asuquo 2 years ago

      Father Lord Jesus Christ i want to live in your Kingdom please see me through Amen.

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      Truth seeker 2 years ago

      His name was not Jesus! Vowels didnt exsixt in hebrew writings this name is totally made up and is in essance a false God!

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      salim rahim 3 years ago

      May humanity learn to love, respect and live together in peace and harmony.

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      geetika kandpal 3 years ago

      i would say nothing about the existence of god but in my opinion he should be present on earth somewhere.

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      lazar 3 years ago

      Jesus is my save

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      rolfe 3 years ago

      beware all of us he came to save,but he comes back to judge!

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      cpmurali 3 years ago


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      sekhar 3 years ago

      This holiest earth cries by carrying this innocents and i pray my God Jesus to give him chance to turn into wise.

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      Yesuvaraprasadrao mamidi 3 years ago

      jesus bless me ,show me the right way to reach eternity

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      LEONARDO D'SOUZA 3 years ago


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      Rev. Fr Anthony K. Gyan 3 years ago

      Sorry to say that those who doubt the divinity of Jesus Christ do that out of ignorance. Even Muhammadans do accept it only that they do not publicly declare. It is written in their Quran"if anybody wants to know the truth let him ask Marian ibn Issa (Maria's son Jesus)"

      May God have mercy

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      merry 3 years ago

      O lord jesuse forgive me my sin to give me stranth walk on your way and ur jasdgement

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      Maqsood Masih 4 years ago

      Good morning

      Very important this detail

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      MEM77 4 years ago

      Why is it necessary to insult another when their opinion is different then ones own?? Then We who call ourselves Christians are then hippocrites. Because Jesus throughout his ministry encountered as well many doubters BUT He DID not insult or blasphemy against them. He loved them. He new their hearts and still followed through the will of His Father. He did NOt say Forget it they doubt me so why die for them, NO! He completed His Fathers Will For the sake and salvation of us ALL. The truth will be revealed if God wills it to the unbelievers. So we must not judge or insult others if we are Truly to Follow Jesus and His way. We are to demonstrate even more to the unbelievers by how we live our lives in Jesus name. "Your beliefs don't make you a better person, Your behavior does"

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      Dewey Miles Crain 4 years ago

      Save me Ohhh Lord Jesus.So much pain, so many fools.I take only what you give and ask only what you offer.I am so sorry for I have lost my way.You have given so much and I have doubted you.Cleans me of this earth for it is dirty with the greed of many.Myself included.Show me the way to your majesty.And forgive me of my needs!

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      Alberto 4 years ago

      You are in error zafar whoever you are. Its always the foolish who knows the absolute (truth) to shame the wise. THE EDUCATED ARE ALWAYS IN AN ILLUSION WHICH makes me to understand you are greatly in an illusion and need to change your think.

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      GOD 4 years ago


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      Hit man 5 years ago

      zafar u not only foolish man PIG man also...........

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      zafar indian 5 years ago

      Christianity is based on superstitions and lies of silly can a wise and educated person can accept these hoaxes? It is essential to be foolish to become a christian.Am I a foolish man? I ask often this question myself.