Awe-inspiring Trip Every Christian Must DoBy Angelica Malin
Christianity is an age-old religion practiced since times immemorial. Although, Christian faith is closely related to the Holy Land for more than 2, 000 years. The place is associated with the stories associated with Jesus of Nazareth.
Besides the Holy Land which every devout Christian wish to visit at least once in a lifetime, there are many other sites and trips that Christians must plan to visit to get a better understanding of their faith and their learnings. Some of the places that are worth checking out when planning a trip are-
Bethlehem is one of the significant destinations occupying the top place in the bucket list of every Christian. It is the birthplace of the Lord Jesus that houses some of the oldest Christian communities in the world. When visiting this awe-inspiring destination, do not miss visiting the Church of the Nativity. It is an old church and is still operational.
If you are curious about the exact place where Lord Jesus was born, reach out with a guide who will take you to an underground grotto which is beneath this Church. The passion and intensity of emotions displayed by Christians visiting the place are palpable. The site is also known for three significant faiths coming together and manifested in different ways- Islam, Jews, and Christians.
The Mount of Beatitudes
If you have read the Holy Book-Bible and know your scriptures well, you must have come across the famous The Sermon on the Mount. It is one of the most sermons by Lord Jesus delivered almost 1600 years back.
Although there are questions about the actual site about the sermon was given, but the Mount of Beatitudes is an accepted place among Christians as the place where Lord Jesus spoke to his disciples overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Popularly referred to as Ein Sheva in Hebrew, Tabgha is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is the site where five thousand people were fed with two fish and five loaves (observed as the Church of the Multiplication).
It is this place where the Lord Jesus is believed to have resurrected for the “third” time. Jesus conferred the church authority to Simon Peter and as such the appearance is marked by the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. The place is located just 2.5 km south of Capernaum and is easy to get to.
Qasr el Yahud
Qasr el Yahud is one of the legendary sites every Christian must plan to visit. It is at this place where John the Baptist baptized Lord Jesus. It is also known as being the place where the Israelites crossed over the Jordan and into the land of Canaan. The site underwent extensive renovations and is now open to the public.
Qasr el Yahud is a place to be if you wish to gain more information about how Christianity came into existence and evolved to what it is today as a religion. The site is located off to Road 90, on the way to Jericho. Many Christians add this place to their list of must-visit Christian sites.
Capernaum- The Town of Jesus
The town of Capernaum is situated at the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The place is spelled as Kfar Nahum in the Hebrew language. The site finds a lot of references in the Holy Bible because it is one of the significant areas where Jesus is believed to have lived for some time. He was Ministry in-charge here.
The destination boasts of a large number of churches that celebrate the life and teachings of Lord Jesus. One of the prominent Churches in the city is the Church of the House of St. Peter. The place is well-connected from Tiberias and Nazareth by car or bus.
The Jesus Trail
It is one of the recent but fast attention capturing hikes that is a must-visit and enjoyable activity for the Christian tourists. This hike is sure to help them know more about the rich culture and heritage thriving through the Galilee. It is a lovely trail which starts from Nazareth and comes to an end on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
The hike is approximately 60km and can be finished in 3-4 days. It is a simple hike, and many people love experiencing it when visiting the area. Hikers love to admire the lovely Galilee landscape along with Zippori and Cana, the famous New Testament legends. There are more such trails such as the one leading to the Camino de Santiago. You may check out this site – https://santiagoways.com/en for more information on this iconic journey leading to the Santiago-de-Compostela cathedral that’s located in Galicia.
The George’s Monastery
It is an awe-inspiring cliff-hanging monastery located amidst the wilderness of the famous Judean desert. It is one of the significant, inspiring and oldest churches in the Holy Land and attracts a large number of visitors who are passionate about archeology and desert.
The monastery is still inhabited by Greek Orthodox Monks who welcome visitors and help them understand their rich heritage.
It is situated close to the Sea of Galilee. This Christian site also marks the entry of River Jordan into the Sea of Galilee. Considered as a miracle site, it attracts a large number of tourists.
The place is famous because it is believed to have witnessed Lord Jesus healing a blind man. It is also the place of birth of the Apostles, Andrew, Peter, and Philip. The archeological lovers love to explore this 21-acre site. Here, they can also check out the cobbled street which is believed to have been in existence in Lord Jesus’ time.
Considered as one of the holiest sites where three major religions of the world-Islam, Christianity and Judaism come together, Jerusalem must be one of the must-visit sites for any Christianity follower. When visiting the city, check out the Old City where you will find a lot of prominent Churches that are known for its amazing architecture and faith.
One of the major churches that experiences a heavy footfall is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is here where Jesus is believed to have been crucified. Thus, its significance cannot be stressed enough. It is beautiful inside and marks a lot of spots where final hours and death of the Lord Jesus can be seen. The church welcome people from all faiths. Visiting this Church is a moving experience and speak volumes about the richness of your faith.
When planning to embark on a trip that strengthens your faith and help you know more about your religion, its origin and how it has evolved over the time, it is important to add all or some of the places on your trip.