The Perfect Christian Pilgrimage Tour is a life-changing experience. You can appreciate the spiritual significance of Israel in almost every corner of the country. Apart from the Holy City of Jerusalem, Israel is the home to some of the most important locations mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. For a well-rounded and unique Christian pilgrimage tour, here is a list of places to visit in Israel and the Holy City. Discover the best Holy Land tours from the hills of Jerusalem to the caves.The start of this marvelous experience
The tours begin at Israel’s Tel Aviv airport, where a Coral Tours representative and certified bible tour guide will expedite your entry into the country, so your biblical journey can start as soon as possible.
The next stop of a Christian Pilgrimage Tour is often The Galilee, Sea of Galilee or Sea of the Lakes. This popular Holy Land Tour destination played an integral part in Jesus’ ministry and is mentioned often in the Scriptures. Jesus’ preached from Peter’s boat, rebuked the storm, and walked upon the waters (Matthew 14:13-29, Mark 4:35-41).
Next is the Dead Sea, Salt Sea, Sea of Arabah, or Eastern Sea. It contains a profound heritage and has played an important role in the history of the people in the area. Several different sects of Jews used to live in the caves near the Dead Sea.
The Bible mentions the sea numerous times and has long been associated with mysticism, wonderment, and religious significance in the Biblical era. Some of the most popular and famous Dead Sea biblical events are:
-The area of Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea, which is a nature reserve today, is believed to be where the Biblical David, king to be, hid from King Saul when the latter came after him to kill him.
-Another very well-known Biblical story is the story of Lot’s wife. A disobedient woman was turned into a pillar of salt for looking back to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as she and her family were fleeing.
-The salty lake at the lowest elevation on Earth is probably best known for the story of Masada, which has become a symbol of resistance against oppression, and Masada has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another historically rich place is Petra or Raqmu. In Greek, Petra means “excavated in stone,” located in a narrow valley, and this city is carved into the rock. In the mountainous Edom in Jordan, Petra was built by the Edomites in the 8th century BC.
But under Nabataean rule, from the 6th century BC, it reached its maximum splendor thanks to its location in the middle of a trade route.
The tour continues with a visit to The Old City. This famous city was the site of Jesus’ Last Supper, the arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, the trial, and the crucifixion by Pontius Pilate. The holy sites and stories are endless.
The Via Dolorosa is another prominent historically rich place, one cannot forget to visit. The Via Dolorosa is a street in the Old City of Jerusalem. Also known as, The Way of the Cross, the street commemorates the 14 key events which occurred as Jesus carried the cross on the way to his crucifixion.
Nine of the 14 Stations of the Cross are marked along the street. The remaining stations are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, owned by the Roman Catholic Church.
Continuing with the tour is the Western Wall. The Western Wall’s holiness in Judaism is a result of its proximity to the Temple Mount. Because of the Temple Mount entry restrictions, the Wall is the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, though the site of the Holy of Holies, the most sacred site in the Jewish faith, lies behind it.
Another holy and sacred place not only to Jews but to Christians as well is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the church is the home to two of the holiest sites, including where Jesus was crucified, known as Cavalry, and the tomb where Jesus was buried and resurrected.
One of the last stops is Mount Zion. It is a hill in Jerusalem, located just outside the walls of the Old City. The term Mount Zion has been used in the Hebrew Bible, first for the City of David and later for the Temple Mount, but its meaning has shifted, and it is now used as the name of the ancient Jerusalem’s Western Hill.
Last, the last stop is the Church of the Nativity or Basilica of the Nativity. It is a basilica located in Bethlehem in the West Bank, Palestine. The grotto it contains holds a prominent religious significance to Christians of various denominations as the birthplace of Jesus.
The grotto is the oldest site continuously used as a place of worship in Christianity, and the basilica is the oldest major church in the Holy Land.
What’s Next? Booking your Christian Pilgrimage Tour
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