Christus Gardens, located in downtown Gatlinburg TN, is a must-see attraction when taking a long deserved vacation to the Great Smokey Mountains. For over 40 years Christus Gardens has been one of the top leading visitor attractions. When you visit Christus Gardens, you can experience walking through a biblical world almost 2,000 years ago. While inside, you can see life size representations of scenes from the life of Jesus Christ himself. Christus Gardens is also the home for the famous Carrara Marble face. Craved in 6 tons of block, the face of Christ is one of the Christus Gardens’ leading attractions. You can find over 100 life-size figures throughout Christus Gardens. You may also find the “Place of the Parables.” This interprets a series of life-size paintings. "The promise", is a 900 square foot mural. The mural represents the Old Testament and includes thirty-two characters, who told about the coming of Christ. Mark Pedro painted the mural during the 40th anniversary celebration. A new attraction to Christus Garden is the "Precious Gems of the Bible." Here visitors can learn how the jewels were used for worship, from Aaron’s breastplate to New Jerusalem. Events at the Christus Gardens include; during February they celebrate black history month by presenting the "People of Color in the Bible." During Easter a display of Dogwood blossoms, a three story cross and a star. Scenes that may be seen during the Easter celebration are "The Last Supper", "The Crucifixion", "The Risen Christ at the Empty Tomb" and "The Accension.” Tours for the Christus Gardens start every ten minutes . The tours last approximately an hour. Ample parking is free. Also, Christus Gardens is handicap accessible. There are wheelchairs available if you have need. Hours for Christus Gardens are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. from April till October, the last tour starts at 8 p.m. And 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. from November till March and the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Admission prices for 2006 not including tax are as follows; $10.75 for adults, $4.48 for ages 7-13, children 6 & under are free.
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