Top 3 Must-See Holy Christian Sites in Israel
Everyone knows that Israel is a holy place for Christians. The birthplace of the Savior as well as his childhood home, Israel holds tremendous significance for Bible believers, and hundreds of thousands of people flock to this country each year to be immersed in the atmosphere of their inception. If you’ve never been to Israel (or never done it right), here are the top three locations you must visit to make your Israel trip complete.
Church of the Nativity
The obvious starting point for any authentic pilgrimage is the Church of the Nativity. Located in Bethlehem, the church was originally built in 339 and then rebuilt in 565 after being destroyed by a fire during the Samaritan Revolts. The Church of the Nativity was constructed on the exact location where historians believe Jesus was born, making it a particularly significant landmark for Christians to visit.
Tomb of the Virgin Mary
Situated within the larger compound of the Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary, the tomb of the Virgin Mary is believed to rest at the foot of Mt. Olives. This church is conveniently located in Jerusalem’s Kidron Valley, so getting there is a simple cab ride away. While the subject is somewhat up for debate, the vast majority of Christians hold that this is the actual burial site of Mary and the large church was built around the mountain face in commemoration.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
What better way to end your Israel trip than to finish at the very location where Jesus was resurrected. Also, referred to as the Church of the Resurrection, this monument is notorious for being the harrowing spot where Jesus was crucified and buried. Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City neighborhood of Jerusalem, this is a powerful area that any traveling Christian does not want to skip.
Of course, there are loads of other interesting, exciting, and significant locations sprinkled around Israel. Check out some of the best foods to eat in Jerusalem because touring can sure work up an appetite!