Touring Christian Holy Sites in Israel
 Touring Christian Holy Sites in Israel

Israel, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and where his life, death and resurrection took place, is the holiest place in the world for Christians. The country is strewn with places where Jesus is believed to have walked and talked to his followers. Every year, many Christian families from all around the world come to Israel, visit the holy sites by day and relax at hostels and hostels by night. The following article will present the must-see holy sites in Israel.

Bethlehem: Visit the Site of Jesus' Birth

The town of Bethlehem is where, according to tradition, Mary gave birth to Jesus. It has one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. It hou ses the most important site to Christians in the world:  the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest surviving churches. Beneath the church is the grotto where Jesus was born, where passionate pilgrims kneel with excitement to be so close to such a spiritual, historical spot.

Jerusalem: the Holy City Where Jesus Carried the Cross

Jerusalem is one place you can't miss when visiting Israel. The most important city for all three monotheistic faiths (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), it is full of holy, spiritual sites. In addition, it is a great place to stay and relax for a few days, at an elegant Israel chain hotel or one of the lovely, comfortable hostels of which there are many. Here are some of the most important sites to visit:

·        Via Dolorosa – The street where Jesus is believed to have walked carrying the cross on the way to his crucifixion, and where he resurrected several days afterwards. The street winds for about 600 meters and is marked by the nine Stations of the Cross.

·        Church of the Holy Sepulcher – This church is believed to be the actual site of the crucifixion of Jesus. Inside the church there are several sites that mark Jesus' final hours and finally, his death.

·        Church of St. John the Baptist – Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Ein Kerem, the site of this church is believed to be the birthplace of St. John, who baptized Jesus.

·        Church of All Nations – This church is the site where Jesus had conducted his last prayers before he was captured by the Romans.

Nazareth: the City that Gave Jesus His Name

Nazareth is where Jesus spent his childhood, thus becoming known as "Jesus of Nazareth". It is home to several important Christian holy sites: the Basilica of the Annunciation, which is the largest church in the Middle East; the Synagogue Church, built in the 19th century over the synagogue of Nazareth, where Jesus started spreading his word; and the Church of the Transfiguration, where Jesus is said to have transfigured and talked to Elijah and Moses.


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