CIMG9851

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea  also called the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the Palestinian Territories to the west. Its surface and shores are 429 metres (1,407 ft) below sea level, Earth’s lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest…

Christianity_b1-1540

Holy Sepulcher

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Latin: ecclesia Sancti Sepulchri; Hebrew: כנסיית הקבר הקדוש‎, Knesiyyat HaKever HaKadosh), also called the Church of the Resurrection by Orthodox Christians), is a church within the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is a few steps away from the Muristan. The site is venerated as Calvary (Golgotha), where Jesus…

largeprint_b1-1943

Jordan River-Yardenit

The Jordan River is a river in Southwest Asia which flows into the Dead Sea. Historically and religiously, it is considered to be one of the world’s most sacred rivers. It is 251 kilometers (156 miles) long. Tanakh In the Bible, the Jordan is referred to as the source of fertility to a large plain (“Kikkar…

beatitudes-1

Mount of Beatitudes

The Mount of Beatitudes refers to the hill in northern Israel where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Location The traditional location for the Mount of Beatitudes is on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, between Capernaum and Gennesaret (Ginosar). The actual location of the Sermon on the Mount is not certain,…

tabgha8

Tabgha

Tabgha, an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, is the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the third resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) in Christianity. The cults name is derived from the Greek name Heptapegon (“seven springs”).…

DSC_0717

Megiddo

Megiddo is a tell in northern Israel near Kibbutz Megiddo, about 30 km south-east of Haifa, known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon. In ancient times Megiddo was an important city-state. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, indicating a long period of settlement. Megiddo is strategically located at…

Christianity_b1-2018

The Basilica of Annunciation

The Church of the Annunciation, sometimes also referred to as the Basilica of the Annunciation is a church in Nazareth, in modern-day northern Israel. The church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. In other words, it is believed to be the location where Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a virgin, was…

Primacy_of_st_peter

Chapel of the Primacy of Peter

The Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter The Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter (north of the Church of the Mulitplication) was built on rocks at the shore of the Sea of Galilee. This area is traditionally considered to be the place where Jesus appeared the third time after his resurrection (John 21:1-24).…

largeprint_b1-2055

Cana

Cana, a small town in Galilee (Galil) is the location of Jesus’s first miracle. Jesus was asked by his mother to help the wedding feast when they ran out of wine. Jesus asked that six pots be filled with water which he changed into wine. John 2: 1-11. Cana is also mentioned in John 4:46…

Capernaum-2

Capernaum

Capernaum  was a settlement on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site is a ruin today, but was inhabited from 150 BC to about AD 750. The town is mentioned in the New Testament: in the Gospel of Luke it was reported to have been the home of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James…

bet_shean1

Bet Shean

Beit She’an is a city in the North District of Israel which has played an important role historically due to its geographical location at the junction of the Jordan River Valley and Jezreel Valley. It has also played an important role in modern times, acting as the regional center for the numerous villages in the Beit…

Na’in

  Nain is the place, where, according to the Bible, Jesus resurrected a young man. Nain is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke 7:11-17. A widow, who was living in Nain, had lost her sole remaining son, and thus all she had to live for. When Jesus saw the dead son being carried out and the mourning widow,…

DSCF0050

Ramla

Ramla  is a city in central Israel with a mixed Arab and Jewish population. Ramla was founded circa 705–715 CE by the Umayyad Caliph Suleiman ibn Abed al-Malik. It was conquered many times in the course of its history, by the Abbasids, the Ikhshidids, the Fatamids, the Seljuqs, the Crusaders, the Mameluks, the Turks and the British. Under the Arab and Ottoman rule…

Magdala

Magdala is the name of at least two places in ancient Palestine mentioned in the Jewish Talmud and one that may be mentioned in the Christian New Testament. The New Testament makes one, disputable, mention of a place called Magdala. Matthew 15:39 reads (in the Authorised Version), “And he [Jesus] sent away the multitude, and…

Kursi

Kursi, Israel is the ruins of a Byzantine Christian monastery and now is an Israeli national park. The church in Kursi The site is located east of the Sea of Galilee on the bank of a river bed descending from the Golan Heights. It is significant to many Christians and Jews because it has been identified by tradition…

Mary’s Well

Mary’s Well is reputed to be located at the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God – an event known as the Annunciation. Found just below the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in modern-day Nazareth, the well was positioned over an underground spring…

Church of St Peter in Tiberias

Located in Tiberias, the Church of Saint Peter was built in 1100. It was designed to have the appearance of a fishing boat with the walls widening towards the rear of the church. The church was refurbished by the Franciscans in 1757. A mosaic in the apse shows Peter in a boat. Hours: Weekdays 6:00 PM…

Herodion

Herodium or Herodion is a hill shaped like a truncated cone (758 m / 2,487 ft above sea level), 12 kilometers (7 mi) southeast of Bethlehem, within the Bethlehem Governorate, built as a fortress palace by King Herod the Great. It was known by the Crusaders as the “Mountain of Franks”, but local Arab inhabitants call it Jabal…

Stella Maris Monastery

The ‘Stella Maris Monastery in Haifa is a 19th-century Carmelite monastery located on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Israel. History In the 12th century, during the Crusader occupation of the region, groups of religious hermits began to inhabit the caves of this area in imitation of Elijah the Prophet. A little later, (somewhere between 1206 and 1214) their leader and…

Banias

Banias  is an archaeological site by the uninhabited former city of Caesarea Philippi, located at the foot of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. The site is 150Km north of Jerusalem and 60Km southwest from Damascus. The city was located within the region known as the “Panion” (the region of the Greek god Pan). Named…

Tel Afek

Tel Afek, also commonly spelled Aphek, is an archaeological site in Israel’s Ein Afek Nature Reserve, east of the town of Kiryat Bialik, north of Haifa. The site is what remains of the biblical town of Aphik, which is mentioned in the Book of Joshua 19:30 as belonging to the Tribe of Asher. The name is…

Kiryat Yearim

Kiryat Ye’arim, also known as Telzstone, is a town (local council) in the Jerusalem District of Israel. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), at the end of 2005 Kiryat Ye’arim had a popultation of 3,100, predominantly Jewish, with a growth rate of 1.2%.

Valley of Elah

The Valley of Elah, “The Valley of the Terebinth” (Arabic Wadi es-Sunt), best known as the place where the Israelites were encamped when David fought Goliath (1 Sam. 17:2, 19). It was near Azekah and Socho (17:1). On the west side of the valley, near Socho, there is a very large and ancient tree of…

Yad Hashemona

Yad HaShmona ( lit. Monument to the Eight) is a small moshav shitufi of Finnish Christians in central Israel. Located in the Judean Mountains on the outskirts of Jerusalem, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 93.

Emmaus

Emmaus was an ancient town located approximately 20 miles northwest of present day Jerusalem. According to Christian tradition, Jesus appeared before his disciples in Emmaus after his resurrection.

Tabitha’s Tomb Jaffa

Jaffa is mentioned four times in the Bible, as one of the cities given to the Tribe of Dan (Book of Joshua 19:46), as port-of-entry for the cedars of Lebanon for Solomon’s Temple (2 Chronicles 2:16), as the place whence the prophet Jonah embarked for Tarshish (Book of Jonah 1:3) and as port-of-entry for the…

Inn of the Good Samaritan

Archeology The Byzantine monastery of Martyrius, once the most important monastic centre in the Judean Desert in the early Christian era, is located in Ma’ale Adumim. Other archeological sites on the outskirts of Ma’ale Adumim include the Khan el-Ahmar, also known as the Inn of the Good Samaritan (cited in a parable by Jesus, in Luke 10:30-37),…

Nebi Samuel

The Tomb of Samuel, is the traditional burial site of the biblical Hebrew prophet Samuel, atop a steep hill at an elevation of 908 meters above sea level. It is situated to the north of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot. On the site is a building containing a mosque built in the 18th century that…

Lydda

Lod  is a mixed Arab-Jewish city about 15 km southeast of Tel Aviv in the Center District of Israel. At the end of 2007, its population was 67,000. A historic city dating from the Greek and Roman eras, Lod is the home of Israel’s main international airport, Ben Gurion International Airport, previously known as Lod…

Er Ram (Ramah)

Ramah in Benjamin is a city of ancient Israel. It was located near Gibeon and Mizpah to the West, Gibeah to the South, and Geba to the East. It is identified with modern Er-Ram, about 8 km north of Jerusalem. The city is first mentioned in Joshua 18:25, near Gibeah of Benjamin. A Levite came traveling…

Cave of John the Baptist

The first archaeological evidence of John the Baptist to emerge in modern times. The cave is believed to be the place where John the Baptist sought his first solitude in the ‘wilderness’ (Luke 1:80) and where he first practiced his baptism procedures. The cave is situated within the orchards of Kibbutz Tzuba, which is near…