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.
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. None of the gospels indicate that He was crucified on a hill.
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 scull 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 “scull hill.” It is likely that Christ’s crucifixion took place at the base of this hill, by the road, outside the Damascus gate.
A few modern pictures of the weathered “skull” are included below. This location, which may be where our Lord was crucified, is now a bus station.
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