The Church of the Nativity is one of the old churched located in Bethlehem. It was originally built for Constantine the Great and his mother Helena. It is actually believed to be the site where Jesus was born. The Church of the Nativity was completed 339 but was burn through fire on 565 it was then rebuilt. It is located 10km south of Jerusalem. The Church of the Nativity is run under the Status Quo of the Holy Places which was implemented by the Greek Orthodox Church, the Custody of the Holy Land and the Armenian Patriarchate.
The Church of the Nativity is actually one of the best churches to visit in Bethlehem not only because of its beautiful structure but more to that the history that it went through since the beginning. It has witnessed a lot of changes involving religion.
Capernaum is known to be a fish market located beside Sea of Galilee. It is considered to be the hometown of Jesus Christ for many of His miracles happened here. Not only that miracles happened here but Jesus first disciples are from here like Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew. In Capernaum Jesus teaching made a deep impression on the locales. He has healed a lot of people’s illness like Peter’s mother-in-law.
On the 3rd century it was called the despicable town and it was one of the three cities that was cursed because many of the people didn’t believe Him and has a lack of faith. It later fell into ruin because it only has seven houses of poor fishermen. Today, a modern catholic church was built in a site where it is believed to be the site of Peter’s house and where Jesus has lodged.
Capernaum is owned by two churches, the Franciscans and the Greek Orthodox. The Franciscans are in the western portion while the Greek Orthodox is marked by white church with red domes. Capernaum is one of the many beautiful places with rich culture and story that we could all enjoy learn and discover through times.
Absalom’s pillar is a marker for more than one reason. The pillar marked the place where Absalom polled his head, and as such a marker of his own vanity and self-assurance. A monument to Absalom stood in this place according to Josephus. The valley is further called the valley of Shaveh, heb level ground, or literally made equivalent or like unto. The most remarkable care of deity to provide for not only Abraham, but all those who have the same faith as him, a man who could perfectly represent the aspirations of deity in a disposition of holiness, and at the same time a partaker of human nature.
Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth stands over the cave that tradition holds to be the home of the Virgin Mary, the outcome of Mary’s consent is carved in Latin across the façade over the triple-doorway entrance. The massive two-storey basilica, in strikingly modern architectural style and colourfully decorated, became the largest Christian church in the Middle East when it was completed in 1969. It contains two churches, the upper one being the parish church for Nazareth’s Catholic community. Over a door on the southern side stands a statue of Mary aged 14, welcoming all who come to visit her home.
Construction of Domus Galilaea began in 1999 with the full blessing of the Holy Father. The first stone contained fragments of Saint Peter’s tomb. The Domus Galilaea is situated on top of the Sanctuary of the Beatitudes. It is directly in front of Lake Tiberias and above Tabgha and Capernaum. Less than two kilometers away the ruins of Korazim can be seen. There was also a road that connected ancient Korazim and Capernaum.
Coptic Church of Annunciation was established in 1952. It is when the Coptic community arrived in Nazareth by the end of 19th century, it is then when they started building the church along with the church patriarch, Basilius, then the construction was done by the community members.
The Coptic community is part of the Eastern Orthodox Christianity and it is originated in Egypt around the 1st century. It was established by St. Mark and is subordinate of the Alexandria Pope.
Claris convent is located in the center of the city. This convent located, surrounded with high walls. The Claris nuns are serving the lord inside the convent's walls and most of them avoid the outside world. The St. Clair nuns order has started its activity in Nazareth in 1884. During World War I, the nuns were deported to Malta and the convent was used as a prison for the German and Turkish captives. In 1968 the sisters moved to a close hill near Mary's fear church and the convent's yard provides a nice observation over the city.
The Church of the Transfiguration, also called Church of the Savior, is located on Mount Tabor in Galilee. Mount Tabor overlooks the Jezreel Valley. Cars and buses are not permitted up the mountain, so hikers can walk the 4,300 steps built in the 4th century specifically for Christian pilgrims. There is also a biking option on the narrow path on the north side.
he Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter is a simple Franciscan chapel with remains of the original church from the 4th century. It is located in Tabgha, which is a small village on the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee. This modest chapel is made of grey stone, with a simple tower on one side. It sets along the northwest shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. The walls of the original 4th century church can still be seen at the base of the chapel walls on the west end. The Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter, like the former church, incorporates the Mensa Christi (table of Jesus) in its interior. This is the spot followers believe Jesus served the fish breakfast at the reinstatement of Peter.
The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes is commonly known as the Church of the Multiplication which is located in Tabgha on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee.. It preserves a splendid early Christian mosaic as well as the traditional stone on which the miraculous meal was laid.
This baptismal site located at the Jordan River on the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee provides a delightful and tranquil setting for anyone who wishes to be baptized or re-baptized in the Jordan River. When you see hundreds of people in white robes anxiously waiting for their turn for baptism in the waters of the River Jordan you will experience something special that will last you a lifetime. Yardenit is designed to accommodate small or large groups and provides a quiet setting where visitors can reflect on deeply intimate moments.
Via Dolorosa is one of the many activities followed for a very long time. It is a pilgrimage since the early Christianity. The pilgrim route goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to Mount Zion then back to the Temple Mount to Holy Sepulchre. Via Dolorosa consists of 14 Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa. It is actually one of the reasons why many tourists visit the holy land, to be able to join this kind of festivity. It is not only a celebration but more importantly it is a way of remembering our Christianity. Many people from all walks of life have been going to the place to practice and be engaged in the activity.
Jaffa is known to be the fishing port adjacent to Tel Aviv. Church of St. Peter, which, for more than 100 years, was the first glimpse pilgrims traveling by sea caught of the Holy Land. It is by far the tallest and most notable building in Old Jaffa, which means that like their predecessors, contemporary pilgrims traveling by bus across Israel are likely to know they've arrived in Jaffa when they see it. Built in the 17th century over the ruins of a medieval fortress, the Franciscan church here was destroyed more than once in the 18th century. The current building was dedicated in 1894. Its interior design was meant to mimic a European cathedral with stained glass windows, marble walls and high ceilings.
St. Peter’s Church Tiberias is Catholic Church which is next to a monastery in Tiberias, a town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, in the Lower Galilee, in northern District of Israel. Much historical drama is found within these walls. This rare Crusader church – administered by Koinonia Giovanni Battista, a Catholic community based in Italy – has a roof shaped like an upturned boat, a nod to St. Peter, Galilee fisherman. The Crusaders founded St. Peter’s Church Tiberias in the early twelfth century as a Cathedral for the episcopal see, as suffragan to the Bishop of Nazareth.
Ramat Rachel is located in the South of Jerusalem. Ramat Rachel is the center of recreation and tourist resort in 1967. It is mostly for vacation for the whole family while you are experiencing the beauty and history as kibbutz in central Israel. It is enclave within Jerusalem’s boundaries where you can see Rachel’s Tomb and Bethlehem in the overlooking.
Orthodox Church at Capernaum is built in the middle of the ruins of the ancient Roman village of Capernaum. Around the church the remains of the village have not yet been excavated, unlike the synagogue of Capernaum and the buildings around it. The village was established in the Hellenistic period, and was designed according to that period's urban design of straight lines. Capernaum prospered in the Roman and Byzantine periods. The Orthodox Church is located on the eastern side of the ruined village, the home town of Jesus.