The British General Gordon visited Jerusalem in 1883 and was convinced this was the true tomb of Christ, especially since it sits on a skull-like rocky ledge outside the Old City walls. Most historians now believe the tomb was carved out in the sixth to seventh centuries B.C. and was not in use during the first century. Even if not the tomb of Christ, many Christian visitors find this spot more congenial for prayer than the Holy Sepulchre. A book and gift store is on the premises. There is a special sunrise service on Easter.
Attractions & Landmarks, Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries, Religious