christian holy places in israel
Israel is important to all religions. Ancient and modern, this country is always fascinating and always
relevant to everyone. It is not by chance that a large sign heralds visitors to the capital city of Jerusalem with the words 'Jerusalem – for all the reasons in the world'. Jerusalem is holy to Christians, but many other places in Israel are also significant to Christianity. The Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and Jaffa are
among these holy Christian sites.
Holy Places for Christians in Jerusalem
The holy city of Jerusalem is a central destination for anyone interested in the Old and New Testament. The city holds great religious and historical importance, and contains many ancient relics. Take Road no. 1 from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to reach the holy city in under an hour. Do be careful when navigating the steep entrance to Jerusalem, though. Thousands of Christians literally follow in the footsteps of Jesus each year, as they walk along the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus reportedly walked, from his trial to his crucifixion. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, is where Jesus was reportedly crucified. Pilgrims can visit the Garden Tomb, the burial place of Jesus. The Mount of Olives is specified as a place chosen by Jesus for prayers and contemplation, and the place that Jesus ascended to heaven. It is located just outside of Jerusalem. Car rental Jerusalem enables travel to places that are not conveniently accessed by public transport.
Holy Places for Christians in Northern Israel
The Sea of Galilee is central to Christianity. Gospel records how the disciples of Jesus saw him walking on the water. The Sea of Galilee, 'Kinneret' in Hebrew, is situated in the lower part of the Jordan valley. Religious travelers can visit Yardenit, the famous site in the Jordan river where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Many visitors don white robes and experience their own baptism at this spot. Road no. 90 leads to the Galilee.
But still further north is Nazareth, where it all started. Jesus spent his childhood here. Nazareth is home to Mary's Well, where Mary was promised a son by the Angel Gabriel. The Church of the Annunciation was built in Nazareth to honor this event, and is another holy site for Christians of all sects. Road 65 leads to Nazareth from the Iron Junction, and Road 60 enables entrance to the city.
Best Beloved and Most Beautiful Churches in Israel
Take Road 60 to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation. This church was rebuilt in the mid twentieth century in Nazareth. The original church was built in the 4th century building was built, to commemorate the site of Mary's Well. It is advised to rent a car to visit the many churches in the lower city of Nazareth.
Road no. 1 leads to Jerusalem, where you can visit the famous Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Church of Mary Magdalene.
Rent a car in Tel Aviv to visit the city, and gain easy access to the Franciscan St. Peter's Church in Old Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv.
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