10 Possible Locations for the Garden of Eden


One of the most speculated mysteries by Christians is the location of the Garden of Eden. The Book of Genesis is the primary source of information with regards to geography, but it contains very little on the garden’s location. Considering it was the birthplace of humanity and home to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, it is no wonder we want to know where it was. The Biblical scripture below gives some clues.

“10Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers.
11The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.
12The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there.
13The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush.
14The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria And the fourth river is the Euphrates.”

There have been a number of claims as to the actual geographic location of the Garden of Eden, though some of these have little or no connection to the text of Genesis. Most put the Garden somewhere in the Middle East, but this list shows a few more locations you might not have considered. Let there be a list…

Jackson County, Missouri, USA

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the Garden of Eden to have been located in Jackson County Missouri. Founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, discovered a stone slab that he claimed was an alter built by Adam after being expelled from the Garden. The garden itself was located 40 miles south, near present-day city, Independence. As for its location in the western hemisphere, some Latter-day Saints have presumed the continents were not yet separate before the Great Flood and that this approach would be consistent with the configuration of the super-continent Pangaea.


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The Sky People, by Brinsley LePoer Trench stated the biblical description of the river watering the garden and then parting into four heads is not consistent with rivers in nature. He wrote that only canals can be made to flow this way. He then points to Mars as a location for the garden since canals have been theorized to have existed on the red planet. Brinsley goes on to say The Garden of Eden was on Mars and created by Space People. Along with Adam and Eve, Noah was also on Mars. Our descendants were eventually forced to come to Earth.


In the nineteenth century, a theory was developed that a continent, Lumeria, occupied what is now the Indian Ocean The wide range of the animals inspired the name Lemuria, which was coined in 1864 by the zoologist Philip Sclater in an article “The Mammals of Madagascar” in The Quarterly Journal of Science. Puzzled by the presence of fossil lemurs in both Madagascar and India, but not in Africa nor the Middle East, Sclater proposed that Madagascar and India had once been part of a larger continent. Other scientists have suggested Lumeria was the cradle of the human race and therefore must have been the site of the garden.

Praslin Island, Seychelles

General Charles Gordon supported the theory that Africa and India were part of the same continent. During an expedition he found the Praslin Island in the Seychelles group. He became convinced this was the location of the Garden of Eden, particularly the Valle de Mai. His reasoning was based on the coco-de-mer, a rare tree, which is only found on one other island of the Seychelles. Gordon concluded this was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


Another location that has been mentioned is Sundaland in the South China Sea. In this theory, the current Tigris and Euphrates rivers would not be the ones referred to in the scriptures, but rather later rivers named after two earlier ones, just as colonists often name features of their new land after similar features in their homeland. This idea also resolves the apparent problem in the theory that the rivers had a common source, which the current rivers lack.


Some people believe that Garden of Eden was somewhere in Northeast Africa. Evidence given in support of this includes the fact that the oldest human remains have been found in Africa, and that the Gihon is usually thought to be a name for the Nile.


Many believe that the Garden must have been in the Holy Land and the original river that flowed into the garden before it split into four separate rivers must have been the Jordan. The Gihon would be the Nile and the Havilah would be the Arabian Peninsulas. Eden is also tied with Jerusalem by the prophet Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 28:13-14, he recorded, “You were in Eden, the garden of God;” … “You were on the holy mount of God.” In most Jewish and Christian traditions, “the holy mount of God” is Mt. Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (see Isaiah 2:2-2:3, Psalm 48:1-2 e.g.).

Northern Iran

Another possibility was proposed by archaeologist David Rohl, based on archaeological evidence, putting the Garden of Eden in northern Iran. According to him, the Garden was located in a vast plain referred to in ancient Sumerian texts as Edin east of the Sahand Mountain, near Tabriz. He cites several geological similarities with Biblical descriptions, and multiple linguistic parallels as evidence. The region today is bound by a large mountain range to the North, East and South, and marshlands to the west. The eastern mountain region has a pass leading in and out of the Edin region. This fits with the Biblical geography of Eden containing marshlands to the west, and the Land of Nod to the east, outside the Garden.

Eastern Turkey, Anatolia

Other scholars surmised the Garden of Eden was located in the eastern part of the region known as Eden, and that in Eden, the river divided into four branches: Hiddekel (also known as Tigris), Euphrates, Pishon and Gihon. While the identity of the first two rivers is commonly accepted, the latter two rivers have been the subject of much debate. If the Garden of Eden had been near the sources of the Tigris and the Euphrates, then it might be located in eastern Anatolia, specifically the Armenian Highland in eastern Turkey.

Southern Iraq

Some biblical scholars believe the Garden of Eden was located in Sumer where the Euphrates and Tigris rivers merge. This is now located in present-day Iraq. They presume that the geographical references in Genesis refer to the time of ninth century BC and the Pishon and Gihon were tributaries of the Euphrates and Tigris that have since vanished.

Disclaimer: This list is for fun only. I do not endorse any of the locations as the original location of the Garden of Eden. I am not a Biblical scholar and any mistakes were not done intentionally. This list is for entertainment purposes only. All information is presumed accurate.

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  1. There was an interesting tv show on the local of the Garden. The assumption is that the flood of Noah buried it under the Persian Gulf. Thanks for posting.

  2. Here as the 52nd comment prophetic for when my mother had to rush me to Children Hospital on 52nd street when I was a 2nd grade catholic student . This is a interesting passage on the topic of where is the garden of Eden prophetic for who is Jesus Christ. A question I had when I was a little child just starting out with life. Terrill TC!

  3. HAHA Eden as a physical location srsly this is the dumbest thing i’ve read this month.

  4. JaredMithrandir on

    I was specifically searching for the Northern India theory, so why did this show up when it never mentions that?

  5. Mardrette Kemp on

    Did everyone forget Pangea? Put the continents together first. Then, use the scriptures and search.

  6. tornado hunter on

    no one knows where the garden is its the most hard 2 find place on Earth so don’t bother looking or u will die bye G-d’s Angel so good luck on researching where it is 🙂

  7. Joyce Gaines on

    EDEN is Gods name for Earth! Science has proven that LIFE OF MAN began in EAST AFRICA. God created man IN THE EAST OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN, the earth was one solid land mass eons ago (before sin)-science has also proven. EAST AFRICA-EAST IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

  8. do not try searching.God told Noah,no one of his offspring will never see nor have access to the garden.the place He id taking him to is new a new land.so where the ark barres is a new land.where wé are today.thanks.

  9. Hi ma ppl, Yahweh have written in genessis about Eden & the Garden, about two different locations, but inter twined by river Eden & general location. Eden the higher ground & the Garden the lower. *The garden must have been inter connected with an inlet of water with the one & the first ocean in order to bring the whole marine’s & it’s neighboring multitudes of extincted & existing variety of animals & fishes to be named by Adam. Later on Adam have tasks to do in the garden with the whole animals,to work in it & look after the Garden. from whom? Did Adam made & used killing weapons? Did Adam made & used security monitoring devices? What was the best & the most secret of the The Garden? Were there evolution after creation? Where did Mary hide Baby Jesus Christ when he was wanted to be killed? I have had researched all in all about the garden, & in near future am gonna release articles about it & other most disputed subjects of The Holly Bible.

  10. The garden is in a place where men never thought of….Nigeria in West Africa. When I was a kid, It was raining so heavily and I was carried by a flood to a place called Ozubulu in Anambra State. It’s a valley thousands of feet below sea level and that is where floods alway ran into. I thought am going to die as the flood carried me down on what seem like a water fall (the entrance of the valley by the flood). Mile down, I saw rays of light of great frequency, and there are two swords crossed indicating an out of bound area. The intensity of the light was so much, it threw me up and that is all I can remember. When I woke up (at the hospital), they said that the found me lying near a tree that has fallen near the valley (the tree was burnt to the root).
    After my story was heard, 12 scientists’ set out to find the Eden but never returned 2 years later, 24 scientist entered the valley, and in 3 hours time there was a flash of light which killed 4 people guarding the rope they use to enter.
    The truth is that the garden exist but no mortal is allowed to enter it. Am still making researches to know why my live was spared.

  11. Andrew Watson on

    I have photos of four areas located in Russia. One is on top of a mountain and it is shaped like a Dove. One is shaped like a Serpent and it is below the Dove. One is shaped like a Heart and it is above the Dove. One is shaped like a Yin & Yang and it is to the East of the heart.

    Has anyone stopped to look in Russia for the Garden. The dove I discovered can also be linked with a painting believed to be done by Leonardo Da Vinci. The adoration of the Magi.

    I could go on for days about artwork that links to this place. However, I will just say this; “The Garden of Eden can be seen if people believe and do not judge it to be where it is not.”

    If you would like more information about the areas in Russia. Please go to amazon and look for this book. “Geometrical Optical Design of a Renewable Energy Resource” by Andrew W. Watson.

  12. I think God purposely hid the garden of eden so people will not trample on it and it will remain as it is.
    Cause once we found it,explorers will come and defile its purity,although I believe if we are pure in heart
    And soul we’ll be able to know its location for God also said sin corrupted us and thus we can’t see things
    Pure and godly.so we all better be purified to go and visit eden.

  13. Well all of the places sounds good. But i might have one idea that wasn’t up there. The Amazon Basin area. The reason i thiink that is that only about 10% of the rainforest has been explored so the Garden could be in there. But i could be wrong its just my opinion.

  14. Chaiba Kombo on

    I have been doing this research for more than twenty years now and I have come up with a book titled “The Black man” it has all the proofs of the Garden of Eden and the Whole Genesis History. The only place you can get this proof is in Tanzania Olduvai Gorge.

  15. William Souris on

    The animals were never kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Therefore. they still live there. If you try to look for the garden you will find the spot where Adam and Eve were kicked out. Look in the forest, the desert, oceans . Wherever the animals are that’s the Garden of eden. WE CANNOT GO BACK. Consider the lillies of the field.

    • Chaiba Kombo on

      In this Garden of Eden I’m talking about, all the animals are there till this moment. Thank you for asking this question of the animals and I add for you the fossils.

  16. Henry +23438682950 on

    Garden of eden is located in Barmuda triangle. God out of his infinite mercy knows if he live it in an open ground ppl wil not rest, they wil alway try to enta it and they wil be destroy by the sword. So he decided to cover it wit water, until the coming of jesus christ to reset this earth to how it was meant to be

  17. Eden will be restored to earth at the beginning of the next age, after Christ restores mankind to our original, intended state meant for Adam.
    All sin will have to be removed first, however, and the Bible and our history is the on-going process being played out by us, by Satan, and especially by God to get us back to Eden.
    . Re: Revelation 22:
    1THEN HE showed me the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb
    2Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations.(A)

    3There shall no longer exist there anything that is accursed (detestable, foul, offensive, impure, hateful, or horrible). But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him [pay divine honors to Him and do Him holy service].(B)

    4They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.(C)
    Bottom line: God is in control, and He will win in the end. Those who submit to his inevitable Will, can win with him. You too, can ultimately find Eden!

    • The Holy City New Jerusalem .
      Different rivers same names.
      Cherubims with flaming sword mentiond in Rev and Genesis.
      Check the meaning of the word Eastward.

  18. after the garden of eden there was the flood of noah, when the flood waters receded the rivers of course were altered. the garden was destroyed therefore no need for the angels to guard it anymore.

  19. seeing as there is no missing land, just a few sunken coastal cities, then we can assume lemuria is not missing but been renamed. I'd say if anywhere in ties into the avalon myths, so eden is somewhere around glastonbury. and with the legends of the tor being an entrance to another land then….well it's as good a guess as any.

  20. Yeah, most obvious answer is: didn't exist, as the bible is just a book, and the Garden of Eden just a parable.

    • Bible is not a book, its the living word of God with the power to give salvation to all who believe.

      Garden of eden is gone and was being guarded by the flaming sword. Other place where the tree of life is mentioned is the new Jerusalem in the book of revelations in the bible. We look for mystries that are past but the greatest mystery is when there was no hope for mankind. Jesus came lived, died and rose again and now seated on the right hand of God the Father.

      Soem strange and mysterious events are going to take place in this world but only those who believe in Jesus will rejoice for salvation comes through faith in Jesus.

  21. I can't believe that nobody has stated the obvious Biblical explanation: It was destroyed 1656 years later by the flood.

    It's gone.

  22. A lot of science dudes actually found the place, but they were constantly being threatened by alien dudes with their powerful lasers. It turns out they were instructed by the greatest Dude of all (AKA, God) to protect this kind of sensitive info. Sad to say, it's still a top secret.

  23. It says in the bible that it is in between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, no offense to mormons, but the 'possible location' in Missouri isn't very plausible, since the bible clearly states the location

    We already know where it is, but we cannot enter. So what i say is: give it up, there is a better way to immortality.

    • so if it is so clear then why even have this list. you obviously know the approximate location.

  24. hey actually u know what…no matter how hard we search for it we wont see it…cause Gods got his angles guarding the garden…and has commanded not to let anyone in it, So have fun finding it folks.! 🙂

    • It seems for me that everyone is not really looking at AFRICA (Ancient land) as perhaps where was the garden of eden! do you know how many rivers are in AFRICA?? Do you know where is exactly the Earth center?? do you know the most deepest river? Colonialist make people believe that there was almost nothing in Africa! where are pure golds and pure diamonds?? where is the most richest place in this planet?? which race possibly was Adam & Eve?? WHO CAN ENSWER??

      • Now I’m confused, there are groups on youtube stating that the cushites, which are reported to be located in modern day Iran (or something like that), were the original Jews, Nefertiti was supposed to be black and she ran Egypt, and now Africans are supposed to be the “Real” Jews. So if pharoh was black, then the Jews were black and white people are just figments of everyone’s imagination? Or are they supposed to be the “Angels” that appear in white light? Really weird how all the original Egyptians were black and the Jews were black and only G-d’s people can be black people. If all of this is true, then where did white people come from?

        The only mention I have found of white people in the Bible is in the Book of Daniel in the 12th Chapter vs 10
        “Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but they that are wise shall understand.” This is the Hebrew to English translation, which you can get from here:

        And if G-d says you can’t go somewhere, he means it and just so everyone understands, there isn’t a person, place or a thing on this planet that doesn’t belong to G-d. It says that in the book too….

      • Sadly, It is all about race, black people are from Africa, People who are in control of the world don’t want to accept the fact that Jesus was black, and Eden is in Africa, Accepting those fact will harm their journey of keeping black people down. Remember we have been programmed to believe black is bad white is good, Hopefully God will come soon and free our brothers from evil.

    • hey Josh, I think you are the one who has just answered the question of my long research. God richly bless you but I will still do some more research on this matter.

  25. Troy E. Crawford sr. on

    No one knows exactly where the Gareden of eden is located. You may have an idea because of the four rivers that run through it, but if you look in the book of Genesis it mentions about the angels that guard it. which means that no one will be able to find the exact locatoin…

  26. You missed The Ngorongoro Area in Eastern Africa

    It is a beautiful place till today and has recoved the oldest remains of the Human Acestors.

    Even the foot prints of early hominids have been found at Laitoli

  27. The photo depicting Lemuria has it in the Pacific Ocean but you mentioned it was in the Indian Ocean since it is connecting Madagascar and India.

  28. Someone – Thanks for the correction. I meant to type "began melting", but I removed the mention of it entirely just to be safe. The main thing to remember is they left Mars and came to Earth. And aren't we glad about that?

    Of course some of these Garden of Eden theories are completely irrational, but that is part of the fun.

  29. someone who paid att on

    The polar ice caps on mars didn't melt, they're still there. Besides, no one has said that mars has canals for a hundred years. It turns out the person who came up with the canal hypothesis didn't clean his telescope very often.

    EVERY SINGLE ONE of the missing continent ideas is explained a lot more cleanly with continental drift then with a huge landmass that just stopped existing, not even leaving any traces on the ocean floor.

    Also: if you believe that all those thousands of transitional fossils we have are real (and hundreds of independent tests seem to say so), then you're probably not too worried about where genesis happened, so africa doesn't belong on this list.