Church Trek: How Many Churches Can You Hit up in One Visit?
Wondering how many churches you can hit up during a visit to Israel? Well, that depends on how committed you are. The tiny country of Israel certainly holds a tremendous number of churches, monasteries, and chapels for its size, so the devoted Christian and Catholic pilgrim can cover a lot of ground even in a short amount of time. In case you can’t get to all of them in one go though, here are most of the prominent churches divided by location so you can get in as many as you can while you’re here. Happy church hopping!
Jerusalem is an epicenter of religious history and charm. You’ll find so many fascinating, beautiful, and significant areas within this one city. So, if you are church trekking, make sure to start out here. Within Jerusalem, you’ll find several prominent churches including:
- The Church of All Nations (within Gethsemane in the Mount Olives)
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Church of Mary Magdalene
- Anne’s Church
- Christ Church
- Church of the Holy Archangels
- Church of the Redeemer
- Church of Saint John the Baptist I
- Basilica of the Annunciation
- Church of the Transfiguration (on the mountain side)
- Church of the Beatitudes (on the coast)
- Gabriel's Church
- Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, Tabgha
- The Boat Chapel, Magdala
This area in northern Israel also has some of the most important churches commemorating significant events in the life of Christ. Once you’re finished in Jerusalem, head straight here, and enjoy the stunning scenery and wonders of nature while you’re at it.
No one would dream of coming to Israel and not visiting Bethlehem. While the Church of the Nativity (with Church of St. Catherine and the Grotto) is the main attraction in terms of churches, there are plenty of other attractions to bring you over here.
Capernaum is a smaller city but still has a lot of Christian significance and is well worth the visit. Among many other interesting things to do in Capernaum, you’ll see:
- Church of the Twelve Apostles
- Peter’s Church II
Tel Aviv is a cultural hotspot, so even though you might not find a lot of religion here, it’s still a fun location to add to your travel plans. You’ll also be able to visit:
- Peter's Catholic Church (Old Jaffa)
- Church of St. Anthony
There are also numerous beautiful churches to be found in more tucked away corners of Israel including ones in Acre, Haifa Abu Gosh, and Kfar Kana. Now, start your checklist, and see how many you can get in this trip!