The Garden Tomb

  This is rock-cut tomb about a quarter of a mile north of the Damascus Gate. It was discovered in 1867, and is considered by some religious groups, particularly Protestant ones, to be the true site of the Crucifixion and Interment. The arguments are complex, and I won't go into them here. It is, however, a pleasant spot to visit after  a strenuous day exploring Jerusalem. As far as appearance goes, the tomb here certainly fit the bill, but is it really the place?  Colin Morris in The Sepulchre of Christ and the Medieval West: From the Beginning to 1600, says 'Certainly not' . He does say, however, that it 'gives some impression of what the holy Sepulchre was originally like'.

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