Exploring Christian Cultures In Israel

Exploring Christian Cultures In Israel

The summer has officially ended and many people have come back from their summer vacations.

If you are one of those who still haven’t had one, there are plenty of choices you can make and surely enjoy a vacation in the fall.

 

In this article, we bring you some of the must-see places in Israel if you are interested in Israel Christian tours.

Bethlehem

Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, is home to one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. The most visited places in Bethlehem are the Church of the Nativity, one of the world’s oldest operating churches and the world’s most important Christian site and, and the site where Jesus was born- an underground grotto beneath the Church. 

 

Nazareth

Jesus spent much of his childhood in Nazareth. For years, pilgrims flock to this place to see the largest Christian church building in the Middle East, the Basilica of the Annunciation, Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangel Gabriel, the Greek Catholic “Synagogue Church”, and the Church of St. Joseph.

 

Capernaum

The small town of Capernaum, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, is a place where Jesus lived here for a while and was in charge of the ministry. In Capernaum, visitors often check the Church of the House of St. Peter and the Synagogue, both of them restored into museums.

 

Tabgha

Located on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee, Tabgha is believed to be the site of Jesus’ s third resurrection appearance, as well as the place of the feeding of the five thousand with five loaves and two fish.

 

Bethsaida

The lesser-known Christian site, Bethsaida, is north of the Sea of Galilee. It’s known among tourists as the site of miracles; it is believed to be the site where Jesu healed a blind man.  Three Apostles, Peter, Andrew, and Philip, were also born in Bethsaida. The place offers a lot of archeological sites, some of them being an old cobbled street from the days of Jesus.

 

Qasr el Yahud

Qasr el Yahud, located in the road to Jericho, is the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. It is also believed to be the place where the Israelites crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan.

 

The Jesus Trail

The Jesus Trail has become very popular among tourists due to its not only cultural and historical importance but also its easy 60-kilometer hike which can be finished in three to four days. It starts in Nazareth and ends on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. During this tour, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning views of the Galilee landscape.

 

The Mount of Beatitudes

Those who are well familiar with the Bible know about one of the most famous sermons, the Sermon on the Mount. A small hill, The Mount of Beatitudes, is accepted to be the site where Jesus delivered this sermon, also considered to be one of the most famous speeches ever given.

The view from the hill is stunning, and you can also explore some of its facilities.

 

St. George’s Monastery

St. George’s Monastery is a cliff-hanging monastery in the Judean desert, considered to be one of the world’s oldest and the most inspiring churches. Some Greek Orthodox monks still live in the monastery and welcome the tourists. It’s a perfect choice for archeological lovers and those enjoying the view of a desert.

 

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is home to the holiest sites for all religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Must-See Christian places in Jerusalem include the Old City in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, the Church of All Nations, the site of Jesus’s last prayers, and the Church of St. John the Baptist.

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