Message from the Holyland

5 top important sites to any Christian Israel

The holy land is full of places important to Christianity. Some of those places connect to certain stories and people, but only the most important ones are the places where Jesus lived and died. The story of the holy land is the story of Jesus and in the locations listed here, you will be able to follow His footsteps, His miracles and His legacy to the world.

The holy land is full of places important to Christianity. Some of those places connect to certain stories and people, but only the most important ones are the places where Jesus lived and died. The story of the holy land is the story of Jesus and in the locations listed here, you will be able to follow His footsteps, His miracles and His legacy to the world.


Nazareth 

Achziv

An important Phoenician port, a fortified city located along the Acre-Antiochus highway. Served as a fortress during the Crusader era. In those times Achziv was called Castel Humbert, ruins of which can still be seen. In 1271 it was conquered by the Mamluk Sultan Baibars. Most of the remains you see today are from the abandoned Arab village of Az-Ziv.

An important Phoenician port, a fortified city located along the Acre-Antiochus highway. Served as a fortress during the Crusader era. In those times Achziv was called Castel Humbert, ruins of which can still be seen. In 1271 it was conquered by the Mamluk Sultan Baibars. Most of the remains you see today are from the abandoned Arab village of Az-Ziv.
Today Achziv National Park is noted as one of northern Israel’s most popular beaches, located 5 km north of Nahariyya.

Abu Gosh

The charming village of Abu Ghosh, with its important Christian connections, welcomes visitors and is just a few minutes’ drive west of Jerusalem.

The charming village of Abu Ghosh, with its important Christian connections, welcomes visitors and is just a few minutes’ drive west of Jerusalem.

Beginning in the twelfth century, Christians began to identify Abu Ghosh as Emmaus, where Jesus appeared after the Resurrection (Luke 24:12-31). They imagined an old caravansary they found by the village spring as the destination of the disciples as the walked along the road “about seven miles from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:13).

Wadi Qilt

The wadi itself is good for travel only for those out for a pleasant day hike. In ancient times, people made their way on the route above. Some of the biblical events which likely occurred on this route include: David’s flight from Absalom (2 Sam 15-16), Zedekiah’s flight from the Babylonians (2 Kgs 25:4), the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and Jesus’ travels from Jericho to Jerusalem (e.g., Luke 19:28).

The wadi itself is good for travel only for those out for a pleasant day hike. In ancient times, people made their way on the route above. Some of the biblical events which likely occurred on this route include: David’s flight from Absalom (2 Sam 15-16), Zedekiah’s flight from the Babylonians (2 Kgs 25:4), the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and Jesus’ travels from Jericho to Jerusalem (e.g., Luke 19:28).

Beth She'an

Located 17 miles south of the Sea of Galilee, Beth Shean is situated at the strategic junction of the Harod and Jordan Valleys.

Located 17 miles south of the Sea of Galilee, Beth Shean is situated at the strategic junction of the Harod and Jordan Valleys. The fertility of the land and the abundance of water led the Jewish sages to say, "If the Garden of Eden is in the land of Israel, then its gate is Beth Shean." It is no surprise then that the site has been almost continuously settled from the Chalcolithic period to the present.

Beth Shean Excavations

Easter in the Holy Land

Thousands of Christians are expected to visit Israel in April to celebrate Holy Week and Easter

On Palm Sunday (March 29), Catholic and Protestant pilgrims come streaming down the Mount of Olives singing hymns and bearing palm fronds, reenacting Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

The Orthodox denominations follow the Patriarch, bearing palm fronds, in a colorful procession to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and back to the Patriarchate. Other processions from the Armenian, Coptic and Syrian denominations are also held.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

Open House Jerusalem 2014

The weekend of September 18-20 will showcase over 120 interesting homes, public buildings and unique apartments - all open to the public

Open House Jerusalem 2014 will take place over the weekend of September 18-20 and will showcase over 120 interesting homes, public buildings, historical monuments and unique apartments - all with distinctive architectural design, free-of-charge and open to the general public. Dozens of architectural tours, some from an historical point of view, and others from a technological or social and activist perspective, will enable the participants to explore the city uniquely and in depth, and celebrate its urban life.

Pope Francis Announces Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Pope Francis announced that he will be making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 24-26, 2014

The following is the original announcement made by the Pope Francis on the 5th of January 2014 concerning his visit to the Holy Land (Israel, the West Bank and Jordan) and the purpose of his visit:

* The announcement was made after the recitation of the Sunday Angelus to the crowds of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.  

New Facebook pages

Great news for our French, German and Italian readers: We’ve just launched new Facebook pages for you!

Great news for our French, German and Italian readers: We’ve just launched new Facebook pages for you! Click Like and join hundreds of thousands on the English, Spanish and Portuguese Facebook pages who stay in close contact with us, get updates on what is happening in the Holy Land through pictures, videos, holy sites and events, and are the first to know about special gifts we occasionally award to members such as flights to the Holy Land and accommodation.

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Feast of Visitation

In the Catholic tradition, the entire month of May is devoted to the Virgin Mary, culminating in the Feast of the Visitation on May 31