Published on June 24, 2019 by IBMT
Churches you must visit in the Holy Land
Some of the best tours to the Holy Land revolve around visits to some of the major churches that represent the faiths that define the origins of religion in Israel. Pilgrimages for Christians and Catholics have long been a staple of the trips we have developed at IBMT Tours and our network of consultants and travel personnel across Israel make your trip an easy one to enjoy. We deal with all the details that come with a vacation and let you enjoy what you are paying for. A visit to one of the most beautiful countries in the world that showcases some of the best in culture, cuisine and historical attractions that the world has to offer. When we talk about the best tours to the Holy Land, the religious significance of the churches of the major faiths will be on everyone’s to-do list and the Catholic Holy Land tours we provide are unsurpassed. At IBMT Tours we will make certain that your Christian Israel tours will be a spiritual journey that will renew your faith or strengthen it in a way that will become apparent when you visit one of the many churches that were built over the ages.
Christian Israel tours, must-see churches
While most of the churches that we will send you to are located in Jerusalem – easy to get to – there are others that are scattered around the country and it can make for great day trips to visit the churches across the land. Certainly, peak holiday visits are sandwiched into two important dates, Christmas and Easter when thousands of visitors descend upon the Holy Land to celebrate the holidays. Bear in mind that the attractions are worth the visit any time of year, and the ancient history you will experience will be like taking a trip back in time.
- In the beautiful Garden of Gethsemane is where the Church of All Nations is located. The church is a Catholic one and it contains many artistic mosaics that are religion personified in art. Originally, the area was said to be home to olive tree garden during the time of Christ, and eight olive trees (approximately 2000 years old) stand as a reminder to bygone days.
- In Bethlehem, you will go directly to the Church of the Nativity – one of the oldest and continuously used churches in modern times. Constantine built the church after his conversion to Christianity and the location is said to have been the location of Christ’s birth more than 2000 years ago.
- In the Old City of Jerusalem sits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and is a site revered for an important event, the resurrection of Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. Attendees have visited the church since the fourth century and Christians of all denominations hold it sacred to their faith.
- In Galilee, the largest Catholic basilica awaits your visit. The Basilica of the Annunciation is the largest Catholic Church in the Middle East and it was constructed in 1969 on top of the Byzantine and Crusader churches that we built and leveled. Beautiful mosaics are on the walls all over the church – some of the finest artwork in Christendom is present in this location. The best is set for last – you travel up to a staircase and you will marvel at the dome that is the crown atop this precious jewel.
- Also in Galilee, is St. Gabriel’s Church and is also known as the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. In downtown Nazareth is where you find this testament to Greek architecture and according to Greek Orthodox religion, it was here that Mary was said to be informed of her pregnancy.
- St. Peter’s Catholic Church in the Old City of Jaffa is where a miracle is said to have transpired. Here, St. Peter raised Tabitha from the dead according to Catholic history and the church commemorates the miracle.
- When you travel to the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Beatitudes there will be stunning artwork that highlights the eight beatitudes. It is here that Christ said, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the Earth,” as the most famous of the eight beatitudes. When you visit the location and recite the eight beatitudes, it will be an uplifting experience and inspires a social awaking that you will take home with you long after your holiday has finished.
- When you visit the Church of the Transfiguration, you will get to see two churches in one visit. One church is a Catholic one (Church of Transfiguration) and the other is a Greek Orthodox Church known as the Church of St. Elias. Both churches offer a great deal to the practitioners of their respective faiths.
- Another beautiful church on the Sea of Galilee is the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. It is here that Christ performed a miracle for over 5000 people who came to hear him preach. He took a few fish and a couple of loaves of bread and created a banquet for his disciples. There are mosaics from the fifth century that depict the event and the artwork is some of the finest in Israel.
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The churches mentioned here are some of the most famous in the world and we at IBMT Tours will be able to provide all the support you need to visit them in comfort in pursuit of your religious adventure. At IBMT Tours we have more than three decades experience crafting vacation experiences for travelers and all the trips come with happy endings. We have excellent travel consultants that not only listen to your vacation desires, but also hear what you want and strive to deliver on the promise of the best vacation money can buy. Start making your religious travel plans today when you call our office at IBMT Tours at 1.877.977.4268 for your spiritual renewal.