Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Without a doubt, this is the top Christian attraction in Israel. This impressive 4th-century church holds the last Stations of the Cross, including Golgotha and Christ’s tomb.

Via Dolorosa – Walking along the same route Jesus took, bearing his cross to Calvary, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Follow the stone-paved lanes through Jerusalem’s Old City, pausing at the Stations of the Cross. Church of Jesus Christ  of All Nations – You can’t miss the stunning golden mosaic on the façade of this church.

Also known as the Basilica of Agony, this holy site is on the Mount of Olives, alongside the Garden of Gethsemane. Dormition Abbey – This impressive abbey and church, stands on Mount Zion, just outside the Old City walls. It is one of the largest and most beautiful Christian sites in Jerusalem. fakaza gospel

Garden Tomb – Protestant tradition holds that the rock-cut tomb in this serene garden is Christ’s burial site. Join a Jerusalem tour to visit the sacred tomb. Dominus Flevit – This is one of the most important Christian landmarks on the Mount of Olives. From here there are stunning views of the Old City, and it’s easy to imagine Jesus looking out over the city as he wept. Mount of Olives – The Mt. of Olives is a highlight for all visitors to Jerusalem, and it is home to several sacred sites.

Tour the churches on the Mount of Olives, including the Pater Noster Church and the Chapel of the Ascension. Capernaum -This ancient fishing village on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee is where Jesus based himself during his ministry. Discover the religious and historical treasures of Capernaum, starting with an ancient synagogue where Christ may have preached.

Church of Annunciation – One of the most sacred Israel holy sites is the Church of Annunciation. It marks the spot where the Angel Gabriel told Mary of her future son, the Messiah. The church is in Nazareth, a popular stop on Christian Galilee tours. Jordan River Baptismal Site (Yardenit) – Christian pilgrims often stop at Yardenit, to be baptized in the Jordan River.

Grab the opportunity to be baptized in the same river where John baptized Jesus. Church of the Multiplication – When you visit Tabgha, you can stand where Jesus shared the loaves and fish among the multitudes. It is easy to picture the Biblical scene that took place at this sacred site by the Sea of Galilee.

Mount of Beatitudes – From here fakaza there are breathtaking views across the Sea of Galilee. The magnificent Church of the Beatitudes is rivaled only by the views from the mount. The Wedding Church – Learn how Jesus attended a wedding in Cana and turned water into wine.

Israel Christian tours of the Galilee stop at the Wedding Church, which was built to commemorate the miracle that took place here. Magdala – Walk among the remains of this ancient city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and be transported back in time to when Magdala was a Biblical fishing town and home to Mary Magdalene.

Christmas in Israel Christmas in Israel is observed by most Christians on December 25th. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 6th– 7th 2014 with a procession from Jerusalem’s Old City to the Monastery of Mar Elias and on to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where midnight services are held.

Armenians celebrate Christmas on January 19th. Holy Week in Israel Holy Week begins with the celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, culminating in the commemoration of the Mystical or Last Supper on Holy or Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Holy or Good Friday.

Holy Week concludes with Christ’s repose in death and descent into Hades on Good or Holy Saturday. Palm Sunday in Israel Palm Sunday in Israel is celebrated by Catholics and Protestant Christians who walk from the Mount of Olives down into the Old City as they sing and hold palm fronds.

The Orthodox and Armenian communities together with other Christian denominations enjoy a Palm Sunday procession through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with palm fronds. Good Friday in Israel Good Friday in Israel sees Christians following the Via Dolorosa through Jerusalem’s Old City.

Other ceremonies are held at the Garden Tomb. Holy Saturday in Israel Holy Saturday sees the Patriarch perform the Ceremony of the Holy Fire as he lights a candle in the tomb and soon the church is full of Christians holding lit candles. Easter in Israel Easter Sunday the Orthodox Armenian and Catholic communities attend mass in churches across the country including the Holy Sepulchre.

Protestants attend the Sunrise Service at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. Easter Monday at Emmaus is marked by masses in various Catholic churches and some pilgrims make the 30km walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus-Latrun for mass.

More information on Easter celebrations in Israel can be found in the articles Easter in Jerusalem and Easter in Israel. Ascension Day in Israel Ascension Day is celebrated by Catholics at the Chapel of the Ascension, a midnight mass continues until morning followed by a procession to Viri Galilaei Church and back.

Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated by Catholics with mass at Calvary in the Holy Sepulchre; an Orthodox evening procession goes from the Chapel of St.

Helena in Deir el-Sultan to the Holy Sepulchre and the Armenians celebrate with morning Divine Liturgy in St. James Cathedral, Jerusalem.