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Site of the Tomb of Christ 
"But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay." - Matthew 28:5-6
What did the original tomb look like?

The Garden Tomb, located in present-day East Jerusalem, contains an actual ancient rock-cut tomb, first noticed in 1860. [See photos above.]  Visitors can view the round stone which sealed the tomb and walk inside the tomb as well.
Brief history of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is built over the remains of Golgatha, also called Calvary, the hill just outside of Jerusalem where the Romans crucified Jesus and the location of the tomb which was very close to Golgatha where the body of Jesus was laid. After Jesus was buried, the tomb was sealed and guarded by Roman soldiers.  Jesus, rose on the third day, just as he had prophesied, and appeared to his disciples.

The first Christian community gathered here for worshipuntil 66 AD when the Romans beseiged Jerusalem and destroyed it in 70 AD. The emperor Hadrian in 135 built a pagan shrine over the spot. Constantine built the first church, called "Anastasis" or "Church of the Resurrection" in 326 A.D.  This church was destroyed by the Persians in 614.  It was immediately rebuilt and destroyed by the Turks in 1009. 

The Crusaders rebuilt the church and the Holy Sepulchre over the site of the tomb 1149 (photo on right) over the remains which still contain some portions of the original church.

See | Holy Week in Jerusalem | Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Pilgrims from every nation and tradition pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.Six Christian groups occupy the church and offer religious services and liturgies  - Latin Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Armenians, Syrians, Copts, and Ethiopians.



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