Holy Land Travels: Church of the Beatitudes

churches in israel

Israel is also known as the “Holy Land.” If you are a devout Christian and your purpose for traveling to Israel is mostly religious, then you are likely to put a check on the Mount of Beatitudes on your Holy Land travel bucket list. What and where is the Mount of Beatitudes? … Read more

Cherry Picking Season in Israel

basket of cherries

Over the past decades, agrotourism (agriculturally based tourism) is a worldwide trend that offers city dwellers a chance to escape the urban jungle and experience rural life. Israel is no exception to this trend. The flourishing agrotourism industry in the country is a clear indication of its success in agriculture. It is … Read more

Archaeological Discoveries in Kursi

church ruins in Israel

Kursi (also known as Gergesa) is an ancient settlement and a national park on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is traditionally recognized as the place where Jesus’ “Miracle of the Swine” took place. According to the New Testament of the Christian Bible, Jesus performed an exorcism on a … Read more

Yardenit Baptismal Site

Yardenit Baptismal Site

Yardenit is located at the northern end of the lower or long Jordan River, near where it flows south out of the Sea of Galilee. The Yardenit, (meaning “little Jordan” in Hebrew) is visited by hundreds of thousands of Christian pilgrims every year, many of whom revere it as the baptismal site … Read more

Kursi – The Miracle of the Swine

Kursi – The Miracle of the Swine

Kursi (also known as Kursi National Park), along the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, is identified in Christian tradition with Gadarenes, where the Miracle of the Swine took place, according to tradition. A large church and monastery stood at the site in the Byzantine period. It was destroyed by invading Persians … Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Introduction to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest place in Jerusalem for most Christians (See also Christian Quarter Photo Album). It is revered as the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, as well as several additional associated events.  The church also … Read more

Mount of the Beatitudes – The Sermon on the Mount

Mount of the Beatitudes – The Sermon on the Mount

Sitting on a spur of a hill overlooking Tabgha and Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes is revered as the site where according to Christian tradition Jesus delivered the “Sermon on the Mount” (Mathew 5:1-35). The Mount of the Beatitudes is also revered as where Jesus chose twelve of his disciples as … Read more

Nazareth – City of the Annunciation

Nazareth – City of the Annunciation

Unflatteringly, the first chapter of John asks “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Still in many respects, Christianity began in Nazareth. It is revered as the site of the Annunciation and the place where Jesus spent most of his childhood. As a young man he was expelled from the synagogue for … Read more

The Via Dolorosa – The Way of the Cross

The Via Dolorosa – The Way of the Cross

The Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem is the most important street, or more aptly route, in the world for most of Christendom.  It is revered in most Christian traditions as the route which Jesus carried the cross from the Praetorium, where he was condemned to Golgotha or Calvary, with … Read more