Christian Religious Sites in Israel

It is believed that Israel and its surroundings are the lands where Jesus was born, lived and eventually died; making the area an important Christian pilgrimage site. For example, the Basilica of the Annunciation marks the location where Mary was told she’d bear Jesus as her child. Another example is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is perhaps the most important Christian religious site in the country. It has also been a popular pilgrimage site since about the fourth century. In this video, takes a look at Israel’s most important Christian pilgrimage sites.

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Basilica of the Annunciation

Nazareth is considered by many the childhood home of Jesus. It is also considered to be the location of the annunciation, when Mary was told by an angel that she would have Jesus as her son. Commemorating this is the Basilica of the Annunciation, one of the largest Christian church buildings in the Middle East.

Church of the Beatitudes

Located on the Northern coast of the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Beatitudes is the traditional location where Jesus would conduct the Sermon on the Mount for his disciples and large crowds.

The Church of All Nations

The Church of All Nations is found on Israel’s Mount of Olives, which is also a biblical site. The religious and historic significance of this church is a section of rock protected within it, which is where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest.

The Lions' Gate

There are seven gates to enter the walled city of Old Jerusalem. In Christianity, the Lions’ Gate is that at which Jesus began the Via Dolorosa, or his walk from prison to execution.

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Located within the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is perhaps the most important Christian site in Israel. Most Christians believe the church is built on the site where Jesus was crucified and buried. Inside the church is the Stone of the Unction, or the Stone of Anointing. Tradition says this is where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial. This location has been a popular Christian pilgrimage site since roughly the 4th century.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors and pilgrims travel to Israel to see "the land of the Bible."

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