Shrines of Israel – Following Jesus
Pilgrimage to Israel is the dream of most Christians. If you have already decided to visit the Holy Land, which preserves the shrines of the three great world religions, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with places that are definitely worth visiting, a little more.
Each Christian considers it his duty to visit Bethlehem in order to visit his main attraction – the Church of the Nativity of Christ. It was erected in the IV century, by order of the Greek Queen Empress Helena.
Here, in the cave-den, the Son of God saw the light of which the brightly illuminated Star of Bethlehem announced to the world. To her silver incarnation with 14 rays, which designated the birthplace of the Divine Infant, arrived pilgrims from around the world touch.
Bethlehem did not turn into a noisy and bustling city, it retained its historical silence, remained a place where you can calmly immerse yourself in reading prayers and thoughts on the meaning of life.
Here the Savior spent his childhood and youth. According to legend, it was here that the Virgin Mary lived when she received the Good News from the Angel.
In 1969 a cathedral was erected here dedicated to this event – the Cathedral of the Annunciation.
Inside the temple space is decorated with magnificent mosaics and ceramic bas-reliefs, there are numerous works of art and icons.
A little further is the Fountain of the Virgin Mary, where, according to legend, the first archangel Gabriel appeared to the Mother of God.
On the territory of the city there are 25 churches of various Christian denominations, as well as several monasteries.
Kfar Canu is 8 km from Nazareth. In this small town, 2 churches were erected – Greek Orthodox and Franciscan (Roman Catholic). It was here that Jesus Christ performed the first of his miracles.
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In the north of the Sea of Galilee, or the biblical Sea of Galilee, the city of Capernaum is located. According to the Gospel, here Jesus cured the mother-in-law of the Apostle Peter from an illness and revealed many other miracles to the world.
Around the VII century. the settlement almost completely disappears from the face of the earth due to natural disasters. Only some of its fragments are visible on the surface, recalling the events of the past.
The city was revived already in the 19th century, when Catholics from the Franciscan Order bought these lands from the Bedouins and erected a monastery of 12 apostles here.
In this city lies the Road of sorrow, which Jesus Christ walked from the place of judgment to the place of his death, Calvary. 14 stops of this route are canonized, each of them is marked with chapels or churches.
The spiritual side of this tradition is to make believers feel what Jesus Christ has endured for the salvation of the human race.
Of course, this is only a small part of the shrines for which thousands of Christians annually make pilgrimages to Israel.