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Biblical sites in Israel

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Most of the people who visit Israel don’t come there because of the complex political situation they would like to understand or because of the amazing places they would like to visit. They come for religious reason and there’s nothing wrong with that. Israel, and especially Jerusalem is the center of three biggest world’s religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. On every step you stumble upon a church / corner / landmark that is of extremely big value to numerous pilgrims visiting the place. And this just cannot leave you impassive.

view of old town and Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

I was raised in the Christian religion but we didn’t really practice it all that much (besides the very basics). Even if I remember only very few things from the Bible the trip to Israel brought some kind of emotions I can’t even describe properly. I’m not really sure what I believe in and that’s not the place to talk about this but I’m sure that all that centuries ago there was a wise man called Jesus living in the area. Seeing his footsteps (literally) all over the place was an incredible experience. It just made me realize how big importance to millions of people has the place I was visiting and how one person can affect masses and be remembered and cherished for thousands of years.

inside the church of the Holy Sepulcher

Right now, after spending some time in Israel, very high on my „to read” list is the Bible. I haven’t actually read it properly before, only small pieces that I needed at certain moments. Now seems like a perfect timing for this as the memory of Biblical places I was lucky to visit is still very vivid in my head. Below you can see the list of these sites, when you visit Israel it’s very likely you’ll happen to see them too!

Acre 

According to the Bible Paul the Apostle has visited the town.

narrow streets in Old Town in Acre

More pictures from Acre can be found here

Sea of Galilee

Quite a lot of things happened there! Jesus ordered the wind and sea, Jesus taught from Peter’s boat, Jesus multiplied bread and fishes, He calmed down the storm and He walked on the water.

shores of the Sea of Galilee

I visited the shores of Sea of Galilee in Tiberias, on my way back from Nazareth to Jerusalem. These days the city is more like a summer hotspot with lots of big hotels and typical holiday activities. But the lake itself is nice, with the surrounding mountains rolling smoothly to the water.

Jordan River

That’s where the Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. I actually visited two spots where these supposedly happened – one just next to the Sea of Galilee and one next to the Allenby Bridge – the border crossing between Israel and Jordan. Guess we will never know which one was the right place.

Jordan River baptism

Nazareth

In this city Virgin Mary learnt that she will born Son of God. That’s also where Jesus spent his childhood with St. Mary and Joseph.

grotto in Nazareth

Read more about my stay in Nazareth.

Bethlehem

The place where Jesus was born – these days Church of the Nativity is standing in that very place, the basilica that is divided between three religions: Armenian Apostolic, Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic. It is possible to visit the symbolic grotto but sometimes the line to get there is enormous. Besides the birthplace of Jesus Bethehem is also the place where Rachel, the beloved wife of Jacob, died when she gave birth to Benjamin. In this city King David was born too.

Bethlehem where Jesus was born

Sadly I didn’t have much time to explore Bethlehem properly as it was getting late and dark. But I really liked the vibe of the city, so busy and chaotic, full of small businesses, with lots of people around. It is also the place where the infamous Separation Wall, with some really good street art including Banksy’s, can be best seen.

Jericho

Known as the oldest city in the world, it was founded 10.000 years ago. The most important Biblical reference was the siege of Jericho. It was also an important place for prophets Elijah and Elisha. Near Jericho and next to the border crossing with Jordan there’s a place at the Jordan river where Jesus was supposed to be baptized.

view of Jericho

Jerusalem

The city is the most important place for Judaism and Christianity, also one of the holiest cities of Islam. It appeared in the Bible on various occasions, the most important mentions are:
– religious and political capital of the Kingom of Israel
– destruction of the city by Nebuchadnezzar
– Jerusalem’s Walls rebuilt by Nehemiah
– Abraham prepared Isaac to be sacrificed 
– Jesus foretold the destruction of the city but at the end of the times there will be a New Jerusalem
– the place used to be the meeting point of various nations

VIIth station at Via Dolorosa

According to the New Testament Jesus used to visit Jerusalem often. That’s where He spent His last week that began with the triumphal entrance in the day that now is celebrated as the Palm Sunday and ended in the crucifixion and resurrection. In Jerusalem Jesus and Apostles had the Last Supper in the Zion Mountain, He spent His last night before being arrested in the Gethsemane Garden. Finally that’s where Jesus was judged by Pontius Pilate, where He walked Via Dolorosa with the cross to eventually was crucified at the Calvary. He was quickly buried but when His relatives came back after Shabbat Jesus’ body was nowhere seen. 40 days later, from the Mount of Olives, He entered heaven. However Jerusalem was mentioned in the Bible not only because of the Jesus but also because of Saint Mary and Apostles. All over the city there’re places that are somehow connected to the Holy Book and it is not possible to visit Jerusalem without seeing them!

Mount Zion

Read more about my time in Jerusalem’s Old Town where most of the Biblical things happened

Dead Sea
It is assumed that Sodom and Gomorrah were located in this area.

Ein Gedi

David hidden in here when he was chased by Saul.

Ein Gedi and Dead Sea

Masada

Amazing fortress owned by Herod the Great, the last place of the Jewish resistance from the Romans. 960 people who defended Masada committed a mass suicide on top of the mountain.

sunrise over Masada and Dead Sea

Read more about my daytrip to Masada, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea.

Of course there are much more places with Biblical references and they can be found all over Israel – this area is called the Holy Land for a reason. This is just a small part that I was lucky to see and that is probably the easiest to visit. It was something different to spots I usually visit during my travels. But I enjoyed a lot this kind of spiritual travelling and every single place I went to and when I’m back in Israel (and I’m sure I will be there sooner than later) I’d love to go to some more Biblical sights.

What are your thoughts of spiritual travel? Have you been to any holy places?


During my visit to Israel for most of the time I had my base in Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem and I can say it was the best hostel I’ve been to! It’ll be hard to beat that! Here you can book you a place to stay in Abraham Hostel. If hostels are not your thing take a look at other accommodation options in Jerusalem.


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Note: My trip to Israel was in partnership with Tourist IsraelAbraham Tours, Fauzi Azar Inn and Abraham Hostel. As always I’m keeping it real and all opinions are 100% mine.

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