10 Faith Based Christian Sites to Visit

Posted by Alexandros on April 29th, 2021

The place where Jesus was baptized has become a pilgrimage site. Today the Jordan River is the natural border between Jordan and Israel.

1. Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Venerated by Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Syrian Orthodox, and Armenian Catholics as the site of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, it is the center of attention in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and includes the last six of the 14 Stations of the Cross or Via Dolorosa.

The Holy Sepulcher is open every day and has separate chapels for the services of each Christian confession. The ancient temple is overflowing on Orthodox Easter Sunday, and especially on Saturday midnight for the centennial Holy Fire ceremony, when the Orthodox patriarchs enter the tomb and come out with candles believed to be miraculously lit. With the flame, which is passed through the crowd, it lights its candles.

 2. Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb, north of the Damascus Gate in the Old City, is where many Protestants believe that the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea is located, and therefore, it is possible that it is the place of the resurrection of Jesus. A UK charity, Christian and open to all faiths, runs the place. The garden is open for religious visits and services Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

3. Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives offers views of the valleys of Hinnon and Kidron, the Golden Gate of Mount Moria, the Temple Mount, Mount Zion and the City of David. On the eastern slope is Bethany, in which a church is erected where the house of Lazarus, Mary and Martha was, and where visitors can enter the tomb of the risen one.

At the beginning of Holy Week, the path of Palm Sunday is the scene of a procession that goes from the Mount of Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane, and from there to the Lions Gate, or Saint Stephen Gate, of the Old City, and follows the path that Jesus made in his triumphal entry into the Holy City, according to the Gospel of John.

4. Garden of Gethsemane

According to the gospels, Jesus prayed all night with his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane until the authorities arrested him early Friday, before being crucified, which is commemorated on Good Friday. Gethsemane means "olive press" in Greek, and in the time of Jesus the garden was an orchard of olive trees, some of which, of antiquity, are still alive. Floor-to-ceiling mosaics in the Church of All Nations illustrate episodes from the life of Jesus that took place there. The church was built in the 20s of the last century.

5. Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on Mount Zion

Christian’s tradition maintains that here Jesus was held for trial before his crucifixion. A new church was built on top of a complex of ancient cisterns and rock-cut reservoirs, and it is believed that the home of the High Priest Caiaphas was located here. Visitors can enter them.

6. Lions Gate (Door of Saint Stephen)

After passing the Lions Gate, where Saint Stephen is believed to have been martyred, you will see on your right the Church of Santa Ana, built by the Crusaders and beautifully preserved since the 12th century. The Painful way begins at 180 meters of the church. You can follow the stations, which are clearly marked and ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

7. Nazareth

Although Nazareth, which is in the Galilee in northern Israel, is best known for the Basilica of the Annunciation, visit a replica of the town where Jesus grew up. Opened by a Christian non-profit organization in 2000, it displays a working olive press and a reconstructed synagogue, as well as the remains of an old vineyard, watchtowers, terraces, spring-fed irrigation systems, and quarries of stone. The town is only ten minutes from the center of Nazareth and has become a favorite location for film and television productions.

  8. Magdala Archaeological Park

Historians believe that Jesus taught in a synagogue from the first century of our era whose vestiges were discovered in 2009 when the site was excavated to build a Christian retreat in Magdala, the city of Galilee where Mary Magdalene, a follower of Jesus, was originally from.

Excavations continue at the site, supervised by archaeologists from Mexico in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority. The most important find so far is the Stone of Magdala, the oldest known artistic representation of the Second Temple.

9. Sea of ​​Galilee

The Gospels record many miracles that Jesus performed on the Sea of ​​Galilee, and there is nothing like a sunrise boat ride to enjoy the beauty and vitality of this reservoir of water that Israelis call Lake Kinneret.

10. Church of the Primacy of Saint Pedro

At the end of the Gospel of John, the risen Jesus appears here at Tabgha (also pronounced “Tabha”), on the northwestern shore of the Sea of ​​Galilee. This is also where he performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes before Jesus commissioned Peter, considered by Catholics to be the first pope, the direction of the Church.

The Church of the Primacy of Peter is a Franciscan chapel built in 1933 that incorporates vestiges of a fourth century church and an important part of the "table of Christ." It is said that at the table, made of stone, he served his disciples a breakfast of fish after they landed on the shore.

The Israel Ministry of Tourism built the Tabha-Capernaum promenade to connect the church with the nearby Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. The latter you can see mosaics from the Byzantine period that show events that took place here, according to Christian writings. Israel and Greece are full of holy places. Join Christian cruises to Greece and enjoy spiritual journey in your upcoming vacations.

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