7 Top Sites to visit On Your Exciting Israel Pilgrimage
GENERAL INFORMATION :
Israel the undisputed Bible Land , is a top travel Destination with many interesting attractions that many tourists are craving to visit . Today’s Jerusalem Israel , is a vibrant and lively city with reminders of its past everywhere. The visitor encounters ancient monuments, religious Holy sites museums fantastic restaurants .
Israel population is 7.5m made up of Moslems, Jews and Christians.
The capital is Jerusalem but Tel Aviv is the second largest and commercial city. Israel is blessed with Jesus Christ who was born in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth, performed his first miracle in Cana and preached in Judea and Jericho among others.
The country is blessed with great human resources, historical sites, legendary nationals, minerals and others like fruits: olive, date, fig, grape, olive, pomegranate and wheat/barley.
Nazareth to sea of Galilee.
The city of Nazareth lies in southern Galilee and it was here Joseph lived and raised Jesus together with Mary. Nazareth is made up of 30% Christians and 70% Moslems living together amicably. The point where angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive as a virgin now has a church built on it called ‘church of Annunciation’ called Basilica of the annunciation was completed in 1969 but contains all the Holy sites dating back to time before Jesus. It was modernized by a company called sloeh Boneh.
In Galilee too you can find the church of st. Joseph the father of Jesus. Built on the site where Joseph lived, practised carpentry and raised Jesus.
Left Nazareth and passed through cana where Jesus performed his first miracle in order to obey his mother. Two churches of greek and catholic are prominent around the site of the miracle. Also passed midgal town where Mary Magdalene lived in the time of Jesus. Jesus lived for many years in this area where there are many mountains and people settled in the valleys between them.
City of Jesus which was prosperous in his time. He met many of his disciples here including Peter, Andrew, James, John and Andrew who were fishermen. Here he healed peter’s mother in law, cured a leper, brought a child back to life, the centurion’s servant, etc. However the people of the city despised Jesus and he cursed the city.
The ruins of a synagogue built in 400 AD was seen on site of the original synagogue where Jesus preached.
The sea of Galilee.
Source of clean water to all israel and is dammed to restrict the flow out. The sea of Galilee is actually a lake with varieties of fish dominated by tillapia specie. Jesus walked on the water of this sea. St. Peter’s Church.Tabga
The new church is shaped like a fish to honor peter’s profession. The church stands on the old house of peter with the synagogue described above nearby. The internal of the church has a lot of art work which depict the life phases of peter, Jesus and other disciples.
River Jordan/Jesus baptismal place.
This river has been dammed upstream to disallow it from flowing into the Dead sea. This particular point is not the site of Jesus baptism but it has been blessed to have special spiritual effects on worshipers and also source of fish for the restaurants around. It is a Holy place.
This city may be the oldest continuously occupied city in the world. A city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank
Jericho is described in the Hebrew Bible as the “City of Palm Trees”. Copious springs in and around the city attracted human habitation for thousands of years. It is known in Judeo-Christian tradition as the place of the decisive Battle of Jericho which secured the Israelites’ return to the promised land from bondage in Egypt, led by Joshua, the successor to Moses today we stop by at the site of Zaccheaus famous tree its a wonderful peaceful ancient city that you must see.
DEAD SEA .
Biblically , the Dead Sea was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world’s first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers and still remains a source for many effective skin and beauty products today.
The Dead Sea’s unusually high salt concentration means that people can easily float in the Dead Sea due to natural buoyancy. The surface and shores of the Dead Sea are 423 meters (1,388 ft) below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land.
Jerusalem is a city of overwhelming emotions, a city that promises a religious and spiritual experience, excitement and pleasure, interesting tours and entertaining adventures. Here, alongside Jerusalem’s fascinating historic and archeological sites, there are amazingly modern tourist attractions for all lovers of culture, the arts, theater and music, architecture and gastronomic delight
At Jerusalem’s heart is the Old City, which is surrounded by a wall and divided into four quarters – Jewish, Armenian, Christian, and Muslim. Inside the walls are the important holy sites of the three major religions: the Western Wall, which is holy to the Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. The Western Wall plaza is visited by millions of worshipers. Here, at the base of the massive wall that is a remnant of the Holy Temple, prayers are offered and notes containing heartfelt wishes are wedged between the crevices.
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