Israel Pilgrim Tours

Via Dolorosa

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Nazareth

According to the present day mayor, Ramiz Jaraisy, Nazareth is not just another city; it is a "priceless national asset. Part of humanity's history and heritage."

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Church of the Annunciation
Church of St. Gabriel
Synagogue Church

Church of the Nativity

Starting from the recent and moving back to the past, the Church of the Nativity was the scene of the hostage crisis in 2005, for which there was a bloodless resolution thanks to the fine mediators on the scene.

Church of the Nativity

Shepherd's Field

Located in Bet Sahour, which is east of Bethlehem, Shepherd's Field is where the angels appeared to shepherds and announced the birth of Jesus.

Shepherd's Field
Megiddo (Armageddon)

Mt. Megiddo, in the center of Israel that is known as the location at which the eventual disaster will erupt in some way. As the Hebrew word for mountain is "Har", the connection in even stronger.

Megiddo
Caesarea Philippi

Caesarea Philippi is situated on one of four springs
feeding the Jordan River. It sits on the southwestern
slope of Mount Hermon, on a terrace 1,150 feet
(350 meters) overlooking a fertile valley.

Caesarea Philippi
Bethsaida

See Bethsaida on Sea of Galilee, site of several miracles as
well as recent archaeological findings from the time of Jesus.

Bethsaida
Cana

The actual location of Cana is something of a biblical blur and is surrounded by speculation. The modern town of Kfar Kana is situated in the Galilee, five miles northeast of Nazareth, and is populated by Christians and Muslims.

Cana
Capernaum

Capernaum is the place where Jesus began to preach after the Temptation in the Wilderness, which is the first recorded event following His baptism.

Capernaum
Ein Karem

Famous for being the birthplace of John the Baptist, Ein Karem is a village on the west side of Jerusalem and home to five different sites important to the Christian pilgrimage...

Ein Karem
Emmaus

Emmaus has significance in both the Christian and Jewish narrative. Located a bit off the modern day Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, Emmaus is an important site in the Christian narrative since...

Emmaus
Jardenit

Situated where the Bible's most famous river, the Jordan, emerges from the Sea of Galilee, Jardenit is the site where Christians have reaffirmed their faith for over 2,000 years.

Jardenit
Jezreel Valley

The Jezreel Valley is known under many names including Campus Legionis, Esdraelon, Plain of Megiddo and many more. Its claim to fame for the Christian pilgrim is the fact that the Bible speaks of ...

Jezreel Valley
House of Simon the Tanner

A particularly significant event in Christian history took place in Jaffa (“Joppa”). Documented in the Book of Acts, it is related that while visiting the house of Simon the tanner ...

House of Simon the Tanner
Latrun

The monastery at Latrun is a well known destination for the Christian pilgrim. The site, located on the road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem was first established in 1890 by ...

Latrun
Mount of Beatitudes

The Church of the Sermon on the Mount is another location that is in some dispute. It is possible that this is the actual site of the sermon, but not very likely, according to Christian scholars.

Mount of Beatitudes
Tabgha

Not a city or town as such, Tabgha is a small area on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, near the ancient Capernaum and the hill where the Mount of Beatitudes is situated.

Tabgha
Milk Grotto

In Bethlehem, the Church of the Milk Grotto is traditionally known to be a site where Mary stopped to breastfeed the infant Jesus while fleeing to Egypt...

Milk Grotto
Mount Tabor

Cited in both the Old and New Testaments, Mount Tabor is a hill rising 500 meters above the Jezreel Valley in the Galilee. In ancient times it was in a strategic position overlooking the north-south road...

Mount Tabor
Qumran

Qumran is famous for its proximity to the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Vanishing from site and mind for the most part after its destructions by the Romans in around 68 C.E. ...

Qumran
Monastery of St. George

Located in Wadi Qelt in the eastern West Bank, the St. George Orthodox Monastery is a sixth-century cliff-hanger, literally: It is built into the cliffs of the wadi and is inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks...

Monastery of St. George
Sepphoris

Known as Zippori in Hebrew, Sepphoris was a prosperous and beautiful town in Jesus’ day, a hike of just a couple of hours from Nazareth.

Sepphoris
Stella Maris

Stella Maris is a Carmelite Order monastery in Haifa, Israel's third largest city. It is located where 12th century religious hermits, imitating Elijah's cave-dwelling, organized themselves during the Crusader occupation.

Stella Maris
Bethany

Site of a 2,000 year old structure that is reputed to be the House of Martha and Mary, Bethanyis naturally a popular pilgrimage destination, though there is some controversy about whether it is the exact site of the original village.

Bethany
Migdala

Migdala was the only village established on the shore of the Sea of Galilee just west of the modern Tiberius-Rosh Pina road.

Migdala

In the modern secular world, reference is made to the Via Dolorosa when choosing a metaphor to describe a drastically difficult experience one has undergone. Though the user may not be aware, this refers to the literal path down a literal road in Jerusalem that Jesus passed on the way to the crucifixion site.

Though rarely thought of as a street such as 5th Avenue orMain Street, the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem is a street with street signs on its walls. These signposts are perhaps the most jolting aspect of the Via Dolorosa for the first-time visitor, as they point out the connection between the past and the present in a very concrete manner.

There are “14 Stations of the Cross”, and walking the Via Dolorosa is probably the most important aspect of the visit for Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem, or Christians in general, pilgrims or not. It is the route that Jesus took between the condemnation by Pontius Pilate and His crucifixion and burial. Though important to many of the Christian denominations, it is particularly important to the Catholics and the Orthodox.

Following the route was tricky or nearly impossible until the time when Constantinoplelegalized the religion in the middle of the 4th century, and over the years the route has changed a number of times. In the 8th century the path changed to begin at the Garden of Gethsemane and headed south to Mt. Zion and then doubled back to the Temple Mount and the Holy Sepulcher. Based on the split in the Latin Church in the Middle Ages, there were two routes, going eastward or westward depending on the location of any given church. The Anglicans believed Jesus would have been led to the north towards the Garden Tomb, while the Dominican Catholics were convinced that the starting place was Herod’s Palace near the Jaffa Gate. Complicated? Perhaps, but more changes were to follow. The number of the “Stations” also varied.

From the 14th to the 16th centuries the route began at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and included only eight Stations. It was at this time that the new tradition of 14 Stations began to develop in Europe, so six more Stations were added in Jerusalem in order not to disappoint the European pilgrims who would have been surprised – if not outraged – to find only eight when they journeyed to Jerusalem to walk the Way.

Today, the 14 Stations of the Cross are incorporated into a route that begins at the Lion’s Gate in the Muslim Quarter, and ends in the Christian Quarter at the Holy Sepulcher. Each of these 14 Stations is marked with a small plaque that is sometimes difficult to spot.

Via Dolorosa The Stations:
1. Jesus is condemned
2. Jesus carries the cross
3. Jesus falls the first time
4. Jesus meets his mother
5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His cross
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7. Jesus falls the second time
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9. Jesus falls a third time
10. Jesus’ clothes are taken away
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
12. Jesus dies on the cross
13. The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb

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Located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem next to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic Church.

Located in the middle of Nazareth’s old market in the Churches district, the Synagogue Church is adjacent to the Greek Catholic Church of Annunciation, which in turn is located near the famous Basilica of the Annunciation.

Located in Wadi Qelt in the eastern West Bank, the St. George Orthodox Monastery is a sixth-century cliff-hanger, literally: It is built into the cliffs of the wadi and is inhabited by Greek Orthodox monks.
 

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