Site of Crucifixion of Jesus?

Probably the most sacred place in the whole of Christendom is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (aka Church of the Resurrection) in the Old City of Jerusalem.  Since the first half of the fourth century a church has encased both the places of crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

Greek Chapel at Calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

View looking east at the focal point of the Greek Chapel at Calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

In the center of the image is the altar beneath which is located the traditional spot where Jesus was crucified.  Behind it is a silver iconostasis.  On both sides of the altar portions of the bedrock are visible behind the glass.

View looking northeast at the general area of Calvary.

From right to left note the “Latin” Calvary with the Medici Altar that commemorates Jesus being nailed to the cross (= Station XI of the Via Dolorosa).  Just left of center is a small shrine that commemorates that this is the spot where Jesus was removed from the cross (= Station XIII of the Via Dolorosa).  On the far left is the Greek Chapel (see above) where Jesus was crucified (=Station XII of the Via Dolorosa).

To view 15 images of this place Click Here.


Coming soon: Tomb of Jesus; Gordon’s Calvary; Garden Tomb.

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2 responses to “Site of Crucifixion of Jesus?

  1. Greetings Dr. Rasmussen,
    The view of an archaeologist in Jerusalem is that the stone stood as a rather stout “pillar” and served as sort of a landmark, and that our Lord Jesus was crucified somewhere near this landmark (not on it). What do you think about this view?
    Passover blessings,
    Richard

    • Yes, the hill/outcrop may have been a “landmark.” The Romans often crucified their victims along the roads—for passerbys to “get the message.” This means the feet would have only been a slightly off the ground. “On a hill far away . . . .” is not actually in scripture.

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