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“A meaningful site”
Review of Garden Tomb

Garden Tomb
Ranked #10 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: Located north of the Old City’s Damascus Gate, this holy site for Christians is a popular place for prayer and meditation.
Adelaide, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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“A meaningful site”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

The garden tomb is a very special place to spend time to reflect on the life and death an resurrection of Jesus. In comparison to other claiming to be the burial, this one seems more authentic to me. It is a great spot to unwind from schedules, tours and business.
The place has a peaceful atmosphere. People tend to pray, sing, have communion and not just rushing behind the tour guides.
As a difference there is no fee for entry, and staff are helpful and respectful.
The one thing that could be helpful is a better signage from the main road.

Visited May 2014
Thank Olga D
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“Beautiful site”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

While a beautiful garden site this tomb has been debunked by most archeologists as not the real place of the crucifixion and burial of Christ. While not the exact site it is still a great place to pray and contemplate the sacrifice of the cross. (Or for non believers to have a moment of 100% non religious silence :)

Visited October 2013
Thank Charlie J
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“Awaiy from the chaos or the Holy Sepulchre”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Awaiy from the chaos or the Holy Sepulchre is another site where Jesus may have been buried and resurrected. Because no one knows for sure where this was, I prefer the garden tomb as it is more representational of what a burial site would have looked like (even though it is considered "2nd temple" in its configuration not 1st temple, the time of Christ), and the Garden Tomb is not the circus with two hour waits to look at a rock or an adorned slab the dark and cavernous Holy Sepulchre with grumpy clergy herding the sweaty masses. The volunteers at the pretty Garden Tomb area were informative, gracious and with great humility when they said right away they do not really know if it the exact site or not. The most import thing is that where ever the tomb is or was it is empty.

Visited May 2014
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New York
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“Peaceful place”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

When we visited the Garden tomb, it was not overrun by tourists and was a pleasant experience. The free entrance and free audio tour guide are very helpful to put the place into context. My favorite part of the audio, was the disclaimer that there are other claims as to where exactly Jesus was buried, however, as we cannot ascertain that fact and overall it is not at all important, what we should focus on is the "why" of his death. This is a very different approach from the more commercialized approach to Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and Jerusalem in particular where, in my opinion, we are being sold the "tale" that this is the (exact) place where this or that happened.

I hope that you are lucky to visit this small garden when it is not overflowing by crowds and it will give you the peaceful environment for contemplation and enjoyment.

Note the closing times from 12-2pm.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Not just for Christians.”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

The Garden Tomb is a beautiful, peaceful garden amidst the chaos of Jerusalem. Just a short walk from the Damascus gate, you will be welcomed by a well trained volunteer and whether you are a solo traveller or large group, they are set up to give you a meaningful and informative tour of the Garden. Sit in the peaceful surroundings and absorb, pray, think, meditate and you will find your soul and spirit touched and refreshed. A MUST for those visiting Jerusalem.

Visited June 2014
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