Top 4 Cities to Visit in Israel for Biblical Tours
Take a tour through the ancient cities of Israel and lay your eyes upon the landscapes of old as lived by Jesus and many other religious figures. Take in inner city architecture and imagine common day living of times past as you experience a journey through cities of the Bible. A guided tour with a Christian group in the land of the Bible is a great way to see the scriptires come to life. Here are 4 cities to visit for those looking for Biblical tours.
Bible Land Tours of Nazareth
Nazareth is the largest city and capital in the Northern District of Israel. Also known as the home village of Mary and the place where Jesus spent his childhood its home to dozens of monasteries and churches. Many of which include the Church of Annunciation- marked as the site where the archangel Gabriel announced the future birth of Jesus to Mary, the Synagogue Church- traditionally known for where Jesus preached and the Church of Our Lady of the Fright which marks the spot where Mary is known to have seen Jesus being taken to a cliff by the congregation of the synagogue. Here you will also find Jesus trail- a 37 mile pilgrimage route connecting many religious sites in Nazareth ending in Capernaum. Wherever your journey takes you, Nazareth is full of rich historical landmarks and meaning.
Biblical Tour of Bethlehem
Bethlehem, also known as the city of David, is Identified as the place of the birth of Jesus and known as the site of Rachel’s Tomb where the Matriarch Rachel was buried after giving birth to Benjamin according to the Old Testament. Rachel is seen as a natural protector of the Jewish people and because of this the tomb is considered a Holy landmark in the Jewish tradition. Bethlehem is also place of one of the oldest surviving Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity, which has drawn Christian pilgrims for centuries. Here you will find the Grotto of Nativity which is honored as the place where Christ was born.
The Biblical Land of Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea and is one of the oldest cities in the world. Its significant to Christian culture because it is where Jesus Christ was brought occasionally as a child, where he preached to the poor in his adult life, was crucified at the end of his life and resurrected by God. You can find the tomb of Jesus Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as well as the site of his crucification known as Calvary or Golgotha. The architecture here alone is practically unmatched and as you walk through its walls you can’t help but take in its rich air of devotion.
Tour the ‘Oldest Town’ of Jericho
At the height of its existence, Jericho was known as the most important city in the Jordan valley and was the strongest fortress in all the land of Canaan. The city is most famous for being conquered by Joshua and the Israelites after they were led by God through the wilderness from Egypt. Here is also where Jesus healed Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, dined with Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector and both Cleopatra and Herod the Great coveted its lush oasis. Also known as the City of Palms, Jericho is a land rich in agricultural plenty of fruits, flowers and spices. It’s been said that when in season, the aroma from the orange and lemon trees is so strong your sure you can bottle up its exquisite fragrance and take it home.