Israel is an ideal location for pilgrims to visit.
Dozens of pilgrimage sites are spread throughout Israel, around half of them in the vicinity of Jerusalem, and another third in the Galilee, mainly in Nazareth and around the Sea of Galilee.
Church of the Annunciation
According to Christian tradition, the church was built over Mary’s house, where the Mother of Christ was visited by the Archangel Gabriel, announcing she will bear the Son of God.
The well is set inside a small church on Spring Square, in the center of Nazareth.
According to some Christian denominations, this is where Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God.
Just a couple of miles outside of Nazareth is the place where Jesus was rejected by the people of Nazareth, who tried to push him headlong, but he just leaped to the valley below.
The Jesus Trail and Gospel Trail
There are two walking trails linking Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee shores, passing through some of the milestones in the life of Jesus Christ. The more established Jesus Trail is 24 miles (40 km) long, starting at the center of Nazareth. Along the way, you can also visit landmarks such as Mount Tabor, the Horns of Hattin, Capernaum and more. The Gospel Trail is longer (37 miles or 60 km), starting at Mount Precipice and ending on the north shore of Sea of Galilee, with mostly open countryside along the way.
Sea of Galilee
According to the New Testament, this is the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, where Jesus miraculously fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish.
Church of the Primacy of St. Peter
Watching over the Sea of Galilee near Tabgha is another church, where Jesus announced the preeminence of Peter to His Apostles.
The New Testament tells us that Capernaum was the hometown of several Apostles, and served as the center of Christ’s ministry.
Jerusalem and the surrounding areas
The Way of Sorrows is the path that Jesus walked after sentencing, on his way to the crucifixion.
This is where Jesus prayed the night before he was turned over to the Romans and crucified.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City is where Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected.
Church of the Nativity
This church in Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem (in the West Bank), was built over a cave known as the birthplace of Jesus Christ.