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Jerusalem and Bethlehem Combined Private Tour : Half Day Jerusalem and Half Day Bethlehem
"This full day package tour consists of a walking tour of Jerusalem's Old City during the morning hours and an afternoon to early evening visit to Bethlehem and surrounding areas. The first half of the day can include a 4-hour walking tour of Jerusalem in then we'll add a focus on early morning visits to the Temple Mount Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulcher according to your interests and a cross cultural approach.At the conclusion of the morning tour you can return to your hotel shop or wandering on your own and have some lunch.Second half of the day. A prearranged taxi will pick you up from your hotel or predetermined location (with names and phone numbers of taxi driver and group ) and take you to meet your Palestinian-Chri
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Private Tour: Old City Jerusalem with Rampart Walk and Western Wall and New City Walking Tour
"You will meet your guide at the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem at a prearranged time that will be convenient for your day's travel plans.The day tour will begin with a general orientation to the Old City & its relationship tRampart Walk the Western Wall Temple Mount (when accessible) Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the many layers of the City's history.As this is your own custom designed tour your interests questions and focus will influence the day's itinerary as we orient you to City Quarters historic neighborhoods
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Jerusalem Daily Half Day Tour from Herzliya
"You will be picked up from your hotel lobby in Herzliya at 07:00. Start your tour with panoramic view of Jerusalem city from Mount of Olives. Next stop will be at Mount Zion to see the legendary King's David tomb the room of last supper and Dormition abbey. During the tour in Jerusalem Old city you will start your visit from Jewish quarter. You will have the opportunity to see the Wailing Wall Cardo the Roman road. Second and the most important part of our tour in Jerusalem Old city will be in Armenian Christina quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher.Jerusalem Half Day daily tour from Herzliya is available in English Spanish German and French."
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The Garden Tomb , Holy Land

i just returned from a tour of the Holy Land in May, 2015. One of the many sites visited by our group was of the Garden Tomb and the nearby skull hill, also known as Golgotha.
A beautiful locale which resembles the Biblical account of the site of the Crucifixion and burial tomb of Jesus Christ.

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Jun 15, 2015

The Garden Tomb

Where is the original Golgotha, or Calvary, where according to the New Testament Jesus was crucified and buried?

The Catholics, Greek Orthodox and other Eastern churches believe that Golgotha was where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands, inside the Old City walls of today. The Protestants, however, point to a totally different location, outside Damascus Gate. This hypothesis was raised by the British General Charles Gordon in the 19th century. When he looked at the hill outside Damascus Gate he had a nystical experience, saw a pair of eyes and a mouth on the hill which made it look like a skull, and identified the hill as Golgotha.

Today this is an impressive religious site which is managed by the Committee of the Garden Tomb Association. It consists of a beautiful garden with a view of the hill itself (now occupied by a Muslim cemetery), and the cave of the tomb, which has a small atrium and two empty tombs. In the garden there is also an ancient winepress (see photo) and a huge ancient water cistern.

Archaelogists actually date this tomb (and several others nearby) to the period of the First Temple, hundreds of years before Christ, but this does not detract from the appeal of the Garden Tomb. The believers can visualize the hill, the garden and the ancient tomb, and the whole story from the New Testament comes to life for them: Joseph of Arimathea donated the empty tomb, which he had prepared for himself, to the entombment of Jesus.

In the garden there are many areas for groups of pilgrims to sit together, listen to sermons, pray and sing. During our tour of the garden we were impressed by groups from all corners of the globe, each singing and praying in their own language and style: Germans, Scandinavians, African Americans from Chicago, Nigerians (see video)...

No matter what your denomination is, the Garden Tomb is a place of beauty and inspiration.

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Nov 14, 2011

Garden Tomb

In Arab Eastern Jerusalem, a few hundred metres from Damascus Gate, on Nablus Road the Garden Tomb can be found. It is a quiet garden area; protestants / evangelical christians believe that the nearby Skull Hill is Golgotha. From the Gardens, the rocky Skull Hill (shaped like a skull) next to Suleyman bus station can be seen. Inside the gardens, an old tomb can be visited; protestants believe that this could have been the tomb of Jesus.
Most people believe that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the actual location, and probably they are right. Only in the 19th century an English archeologer proposed this place. For protestants, the silence of the gardens in the middle of a hectic city is a more worthy place for worshipping then the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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Oct 26, 2005

Skull Hill

This can be easily viewed from a platform at the adjacent Garden Tomb. It does not take too much imagination to see a "skull" in this rock. This lends support to the belief of many that this was the site of the crucifixion of Jesus.

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Jan 05, 2005
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Garden Tomb

There is dispute as to whether the death and resurrection of Jesus happened here or on the site of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City.

There is a lovely peaceful garden here you can wander around, the time I visited there was a group of people singing, which was very pleasent.

The Garden Tomb bizarrely seemed very British & felt homely .

I thought I had photos of the Garden tomb, but they are hiding at the moment.

Free to get in, closed Sundays

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Jun 21, 2004

Golgotha "Skull Hill"

This hill was discovered by British General Gordon on a visit to Jerusalem in 1883. The Scriptures tell us that Christ was crucified at Golgatha, which means "place of the skull" which accurately describes a skull-shaped hill less than a hundred meters from the site of the tomb outside the old city walls. Both the skull-shaped hill, known as Gordon's Calvary, and the Garden Tomb are outside the limits of the Old City. Even though the present walls do not follow the same line as those of the first century, both hill and tomb still certainly lie outside the first-century wall, as burial places were considered "unclean" and forbidden within the city walls.

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