Golgotha – The Place of the Skull

Old Picture of Skull Hill in Jerusalem (AKA Golgotha and Calvary)

Where was Jesus Crucified?

Have you ever wondered where Christ was crucified? The cross of Christ is often portrayed as having been “on a hill far away.”  We even sing songs about it.

But the Romans crucified people on well traveled roads as an example, not in remote locations. And none of the gospels indicate that Jesus Christ was crucified on a hill. In this post we will a likely location of where Jesus may have been crucified.

The Place of a Skull

All four gospels say that Jesus was crucified at “the place of a skull.”  The Greek word is “kranion” (from which we get the English word ‘cranium’}. The word is translated “Golgotha” in Hebrew and “Calvary” in Latin.

The Greek word is “kranion” from which we get the English word ‘cranium’

Skull Hill sign in Garden Tomb pointing to an overlook of Golgotha

  • “When they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, . . . they crucified Him” (Matt 27:33-35).
  • “And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, the place of a skull. . . And . . . they . . . crucified Him” (Mark 15:22-24).
  • “When they were come to the place, which is called Calvary (kranion in the Greek text), there they crucified Him” (Luke 23:33 KJV)
  • “When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him” (Luke 23:33 NASB)
  • “And He bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified Him” (John 19:17-18).

The word is translated “Golgotha” in Hebrew and “Calvary” in Latin.

Where is Golgotha?

Picture of Skull Hill where Christ may have been crucified

Just outside Old Jerusalem’s northern wall, near the Damascus gate, there is a rocky hill that bears the resemblance of a skull.  Significant erosion has occurred over time and the bridge of the nose was washed away in a storm a few years ago. So, it looks less like a skull now than it did before.

The image above is a picture of an old picture posted at a site (near The Garden Tomb) from which you can see “Skull Hill.”  It is likely that Christ’s crucifixion took place at the base of this hill, by the road, outside the Damascus gate.

Pictures of Golgotha Today

A few modern pictures of the weathered “skull” hill are included below.  This location, which may be where our Lord was crucified, is now a bus station.

Picture of Golgotha Today - The Eroded Skull

The eroded "Skull" at Calvary / Golgotha

Golgotha Overlook at Skull Hill in Jerusalem

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