Qasr el Yahud -Jesus Baptism
Qasr el Yahud is one of the must see Holy Land Christian pilgrimage top sites. It plays a key role in the holy land of Jesus at the River Jordan.
Qasr el Yahud is considered to be one of the Holy Land’s top five sites in the same group with Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee area.
Qasr el Yahud in the Bible and Scriptures:
Qasr el Yahud is one of the most sacred and popular Holy Land sites among Christian Pilgrims and Crusaders. Qasr el Yahud is referred to be the location where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, but also the site where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River while entering the promised land of Canaan. Another biblical reference for the area mentioned in the Bible and refereed to the ascending of Elijah the prophet to heaven. There is another spot in the Jordan River which referred to the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist name Yardenit.
The Baptism of Jesus Christ: Matthew 3:13-17
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? Jesus replied, Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness. Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, this is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Qasr el Yahud attractions and what to see:
- Qasr el Yahud site was closed for more over 4 decades, getting there was not a simple mission. The disputes between Israel and Palestine governments caused difficulties but lately the site has been under preservation by the Israeli ministry of tourism and reopened to the public. The Qasr el Yahud site includes ruins of Crusaders & Byzantine churches.
- Qasr el Yahud day tour can be combined with other Holy Land Christians sacred sites located in the same area. The city of Jericho, Mt. of temptations, St. George Monastery, Qumran Caves (Dead Sea scrolls origin) and Bethany.
- Thousands of pilgrims and crusaders who visited Qasr el Yahud along the past hundreds of years carved little crosses in the stones at Qasr el Yahud is and can still be seen today.
- The descending steps leading into the Baptism spot in the Jordan River was estimated to 1400 years ago.
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Qasr el Yahud Map
Qasr el Yahud, where Jesus baptized, is located near Jericho off road #90 another way to get there is via the road going south from Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee.
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Churches in Jerusalem the Holy Land
It’s almost impossible to visit and tour Jerusalem without bumping into one of the dozen’s sacred beautiful churches spread across Jerusalem Holy city. Jerusalem, a key part of Jesus Christ’s life, teachings, crucifixion – death and even resurrection, is the most popular pilgrims, crusaders and tourist’s spot in the Holy Land.
Like the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem is also offering many sacred Holy Christians sites and Churches gathered in a relatively small area, thus, allows holy land Christian tourists, pilgrims and crusaders to visit holy places without the hassle.
Here is a list of the places you must visit while visiting the Christian Holy sites of Jerusalem area, list with Churches of Jerusalem and must see sacred holy land sites:
Jerusalem’s Holy Christians sacred sites are mainly centered in three key areas:
- Mount of Olives – the place where Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and spent time teaching and prophesying to his disciples.
- Mount of Zion – the area of the House of high priest Josef Caiaphas were Jesus was arrested before his crucifixion. (After “Judas Kiss” betrayal near Garden of Gethsemane).
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre also called the Church of Resurrection or Garden Tomb (also known as Gordon’s Calvary). This area referred to Jesus Christ Crucifixion and Resurrection.
We would like to suggest this special and optional tour in the Seven top churches of Jerusalem. The unique aspect of this tour is thanks to the fact that all the listed churches are related directly to Jesus of Nazareth, Josef and Mary.
1 – The Pater Noster Church:
This Church is associated with the teachings of Jesus and with the famous Christian Prayer Pater Noster. Jesus disciples asking from Jesus to list signs and so the Church of Pater Noster is related to this event:
“And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying; tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3)
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Our Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” (Luke 11:1-4)
Church of Pater Noster – what to see:
- 4th-century Byzantine church.
- Cave which is associated with Jesus’s teachings on the conflict of Good & Evil (Matt 24:1 – 26:2)
- Ceramic Plaques from over 62 different languages.
2 – The Dominus Flevit Church:
Next church, located as well on Mount of Olives, eastern to Pater Noster Church based the Dominus Flevit Church which means in Latin – The Lord wept! This Franciscan Church symbolizes (perpetuated) the tears of Jesus and weeping on the terrible faith of Jerusalem, faith of destruction and pain, which is mentioned in the prophecy:
“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44)
Church of Dominus Flevit – what to see:
- Archaeological excavations discovered ancient ruins and discoveries of Byzantine Church. And remains of graves dated to the time of the 2nd holy temple.
- Antonio Barlutzzi (Italian famous Architect) implemented the story behind the Church of Dominus Flevit and built the Church dome with a “tear” shape reminding us the Lord tears and weeping. (1955). The 4 corners of the Dominus Flevit Church contain 4 big stone pillars representing ancient glass bottles used to carry tears and known as Lachrymatory bottles. The main shrine in the Church facing West to Jerusalem (and not east as usually common) in order to show the crowd, prayers and people that the prophecy indeed proved itself – the Holy temple and Jerusalem City have been destroyed.
3 – The Church of Maria Magdalene:
The Church of Maria (Mary) Magdalene is a Russian Orthodox Church on the slopes of Mount Olives. This Church is located next to one of the most popular sacred sites in Jerusalem – the Garden of Gethsemane. Maria Magdalene Church in Jerusalem is famous thanks to its beautiful Golden sharp domes which can be seen from distance.
4 – The Church of All Nations – The Basilica of the Agony:
The Church of all nations also known as The Basilica of the Agony, located next to Maria Magdalene Church,and it is one of the most popular churches in Jerusalem and Holy Land. The church of all nations is located on the slopes of Mount Olives next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It is a Roman Catholic Church traditionally built near the rock where Jesus Christ prayed before his arrest in deep agony. (Judas Kiss – Judas Betrayal).
Church of All nations – Basilica of Agony – what to see:
- Today’s Franciscan Church was built by Antonio Barlutzzi between 1914 and 1924 on top the remains of ancient Church.
- The 12 domes of the church of all nations representing the 12 apostles as well as 12 countries that donate funds contributing the, church establishment, thus it is known today as the Church of all Nations.
5 - Church Tomb of the Virgin Mary:
Very close to the Garden of Gethsemane located another impressive and ancient church, the focus this time is on Virgin Mary. This is the traditional tomb of Mary after she fell asleep and died at Mount Zion. The Church Tomb of Virgin Mary was built with a Cross shape during the 4th century and renovating by Crusaders and Pilgrims during the 12th Century. The debates around the Church continue to cause conflicts until these days, the control of the church is changing hands, Greek orthodox and the Armenians, who have control in this area.
Tomb of the virgin Mary Church, click here for more information, maps and pictures via Wikipedia
6 – The Church of Hagia Maria Sion Abbey:
The Virgin Mary tomb leads us from Mount Olives to Mount Zion. The Church of Hagia Sion Abbey is one of the most popular in Jerusalem, this Sacred Abbey present the memory of the deep sleep, in Latin “Dormition” of Virgin Mary.
Hagia Maria Sion = Holy Zion was built during the 4th century and have been destroyed and rebuilt ever since along the decades by different emperors and leaders. The Church of Hagia Maria Sion – click here for more info, maps and pictures via Wikipedia.
7 – The Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu:
The Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu is a Roman Catholic Church located on the eastern slope of Mount Zion. This is one of the favorite’s churches among worldwide Christian pilgrims and crusaders.
Gallicantu = cock crow, in commemoration of Peter’s triple rejection of Jesus as Jesus Christ foreseen before he got arrested on Thursday night (before the cock crow).
The Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful Churches in the Holy land, it is a must see site! The Church main chapel decorated with amazing vivid paintings of the Last Supper (took place on Mount of Zion), Repentant women figures like Mary Magdalene, the 12 disciples and so on.
According to Christian tradition, the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu area is the origin place of the House of high priest Josef Caiaphas were Jesus was arrested before his crucifixion. The tradition states that Jesus was arrested in a cave (dungeon) beneath the Church. In 1888 during excavations held by monks a large rock with the Hebrew ancient script saying “לאשם הוא קורבן” which means “blame the victim”, this unique discovery strengthen the belief that in this place Jesus was arrested.
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What is Palm Sunday and when is it being celebrated?
The Palm Sunday actually indicates the beginning of the Holy Week – the last week of Jesus in Jerusalem before his crucifixion.
During the Palm Sunday, worldwide Sermons, Christians, Pilgrims, followersand believers waving with Palm and Olive branches, aiming their prayers and thoughts toward Holy Jerusalem, celebrating and simulating the entrance of Jesus into the Holy city of Jerusalem. In some countries Palm Sunday includes a parade of Kids riding donkeys, parades of people walking with Cross on their shoulders, carrying the cross in memory of the 14 stations of the Cross – the Via Dolorosa.
Palm Sunday Sermons in Jerusalem Holy Land:
Each year, thousands of worldwide Christians gather at Jerusalem Mount of Olives preparing for the parade into Jerusalem’s old city following Jesus’s steps. Pilgrims, Crusaders, Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic Priests and Worldwide Christians participating in the Colorful Palm Sunday sermons around the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Church of the Resurrection.
There is no doubt – celebrating the Palm Sunday at Jerusalem is an unforgettable spiritual experience allowing worldwide Christians to feel and experience what Jesus of Nazareth felt when he entered the Holy city of Jerusalem.
Palm Sunday Dates:
Last Palm Sunday took place on April 17th, 2011, and the next Palm Sunday falls on April 1, 2012.
Jesus Palm Sunday sermon for Kids:
Palm Sunday Palms weaving palm leave braids is a great activity for Kids. In some Churches and Schools, Kids learn how to weave the Palm Sunday into crosses, roses, braids, Fish, Jesus Crowns of Thorns and stars. There are few Videos, images and pictures teaching how to weave the Palms of Palm Sunday. Kids love that!
Palm Sunday Palms Videos:
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Bethphage Church Holy Land of Israel -Jesus Enters Jerusalem:
Bethphage Church is referred to the place where Jesus of Nazareth entered Jerusalem riding a white donkey. Bethphage Church is believed to have been located on the Mount of Olives on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho (close to Bethany). Bethphage is one of the most important sacred places for worldwide Christians and pilgrims.
The origin of Bethphage name:
Bethphage in Hebrew = בית פגי = The House of unripe figs. The origin of the name is in place were people grew figs for living in today’s Mount of Olive area.
Bethphage Church is not widely known among Israelis as Holy Land Christians sacred site, but attracts thousands of Christian Pilgrims each year as it represents the entrance of Jesus on a white donkey into Jerusalem one week before his crucifixion. There are two Churches (Catholic & Orthodox) located one next to another.
Bethphage is the Holy Bible and Gospel Scriptures:
The early divine entrance into Jerusalem via Mount of Olives referred to Zechariah 9:
“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9)
The Gospels and scriptures teach us that while Jesus came to Jerusalem via Jericho, he faced a warm welcome by a crowd of cheering flock. This vivid picture is beautifully presented and the Bethphage church walls.
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” (Matthew 21:1-3)
“A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted” (Matthew 21:6)
The Bethphage Church was founded during the 19th century upon the ruins of ancient Churches. The Church has a clear Byzantine style unlike the Orthodox Greek standing next to it with red-tiled roof.
Bethphage Church Map and Jerusalem area:
This Bethphage Map presents the Area of Jerusalem and Mount of Olives with other sacred Christian Holy Land sites.
One of the most sacred areas for worldwide Christians, pilgrims and Crusaders is The Sea of Galilee, Lake Kineret. The Galilee area (in the northern part of the Holy Land) was Jesus Christ base for his famous miracles, teachings and activities along with his disciples and ministries. The Galilee area turned to be a key part in Jesus’s mature life, especially after an incident when the citizens of Nazareth (his hometown) were furious when they heard Jesus’s preaching in Nazareth’s synagogue and tried to throw him off the cliff.
“All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way”. (Luke 4:28-30)
Sea of Galilee – Daily optional Tour and top sacred sites:
Jesus boat, Ginosar:
The Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Ginosar (according to Titus Flavius Josephus the famous 1st century Romano-Jewish historian) are famous thanks to an amazing discovery related to Jesus’s life time. On 1986 two brothers wandering the Lake Kineret (Sea of Galilee) shore on Ginosar area found an old ancient nail in the ground. They decided to dig deeper, and so they found the remains of an ancient wooden boat (estimated to the 1st century). Even though no one knows if this was Jesus’s original boat, this archeological discovery remains important and crucial when studying the ancient times of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Boat is located at the Jesus Boat Museum at Ginosar.
Tabgha, the Fish and Loaves miracle and Church:
Traveling north from Ginosar will bring you to the area of Tabgha.
Tabgha is famous thanks to the famous Fish and Loaves miracle, read about the main attractions, history and what to see in this article.
Mount of Beatitudes, “Sermon on the Mount”:
Northern to Tabgha area we get to the mount of Beatitudes.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. (Matthew 5-7)
The Main attraction to see in Mount of Beatitudes area is the Byzantine style Catholic Church designed by the architect A. Barluzzi. The church is famous thanks to it octagonal shape, golden mosaics and gardens view to the Sea of Galilee.
Capernaum, House of St. Peter and Ancient Synagogue:
The next, obvious and related (also close to Tabgha and Mount of Beatitudes area) stop in the tour next to the shores of the Sea of Galilee is Capernaum.
Capernaum a biblical ancient village was probably the most popular and important base of Jesus Christ’s ministries. There are few Key attractions, “must see” for any tourists who get the chance to visit; we have dedicated this article for more info regarding tour at Capernaum.
Then he got into the boat, and his disciples followed him. Suddenly, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! He replied, You of little faith, why are you so afraid? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!
(Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25)
Photos of the Sea of Galilee Ancient Holy Land pictures:
These amazing ancient photos of the Sea of Galilee shore and related Christian sacred sites were taken and published between 1890-1905
Sepphoris also known as Tzippori – in Hebrew Zippori = צִפּוֹרִי (which mean bird) is famous thanks to its rich historical evidences of different historical cultures. For worldwide Christians, Sepphoris known as the hometown of Virgin Mary parents (Anna and Joachim) which believed to be citizens of the ancient biblical Zippori Galilee village. Sepphorsi is located near Nazareth and Cana area, at the Holyland Central Galilee.
Sepphoris (Tzippori) Galilee in the Bible and Gospel:
In the bible Zippori (Sepphoris) is believed to appear in 2 places: Joshua and Judges. According to the bible Tzippori’s traditional name was “Kitron” and also called “Kattath”
“And Kattath, and Nahallal, and Shimron, and Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.” Joshua 19, 15
“Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries”. Judges 1, 30
Tzippori at the time of Jesus was deeply influenced by the Romans, there are several archeological evidence stating Jesus did most of his business in Sepphoris (near Nazareth).
Sepphoris (Tzippori) Galilee attractions and what to see:
Sepphoris holds secrets, mosaics, ruins and historical evidences from so many different ages – Assyrian, Hellenistic, Judean (ruins of ancient synagogue), Babylonian, Roman Byzantine, Islamic and so on.
- The most famous findings or relevance to Christianity includes: Roman ancient theater which served the pagan citizens of Sepphoris Galilee and contained 4500 seats
- Two early Christians Churches and ancient synagogue.
- Beautiful Crusaders Citadel (fortress) which functions as Tzippori’s Archeological site museum
Dozens of amazing well preserved colorful mosaics with HolyLand Animals and Plants images, Biblical scenes and view. (Famous mosaic is called the Mona Lisa of the Galilee).
Sepphoris (Tzippori) Galilee Map:
This Sepphoris (Zippori) Map presents the Center of the Holy Land Galilee area with the main sites and attractions for worldwide Christians and pilgrims.
There are many fascinating archeological discoveries in Shepphoris, from the famous mosaics to water channels, roman empire coins, jugs and other ceramic crafts, one of the items found in many Biblical ancient villages and towns from Jesus Christ time is the Biblical Oil Lamp – Menorah.
Nativity scenes, images, prayers and songs are reflecting the birth of Christ for centuries.
The Church of nativity in Bethlehem- the Star of Bethlehem, is definitely one of the top Christian Holy Land sites. The church of nativity is not only the traditional place of Jesus Christ birth, but also considered to be the traditional place of Jesus Christ birth. Christians of the holy land often visit the nativity church.
The Bethlehem Nativity in the Bible and Gospels:
Bethlehem – hill country of Judah also known as “city of David” is first mentioned in the bible as the place where Rachel died and
The Gospels teach us that Mary and Joseph had to attend Bethlehem’s census under Herod’s decree, later on the family moved to Nazareth. According to the Gospels Jesus Christ birth took place in a manger and some believe that Jesus was born in a cave, in the biblical days the caves were close to the village houses and used often for the cattle, storage and stabling. was buried, her traditional tomb is standing at Bethlehem’s’ entrance. This ancient Biblical town is also mentione
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Bethlehem top sites and attractions – what to see:
- The Bethlehem church of the nativity is the oldest church in the Holy Land.
- Ancient Mosaics in the church of nativity floor.
- The Silver Star – marks the traditional spot Christian believe Jesus Christ was born and located in Bethlehem in the cave under the Church of the Nativity.
- The Chapel of the Manger next to the birthplace shrine owned by the roman Catholics mosaics.
Bethlehem Church of the nativity map:
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Bethlehem Ancient Holy Land pictures & Photos:
These amazing ancient photos of Bethlehem were taken and published between 1890-1905
The Via Dolorosa (“Via Della Rosa”) also known as Jesus Way of the Cross and 14 stations of the Cross rout is one of the most important and meaningful Holy Land attractions to worldwide Christians,
Crusaders and Pilgrims who have been following this path since early ancient days. The path has been changed over the history, but the spiritual tradition remained. The way of the cross – Via Dolorosa marks Jesus path after being convicted by Pilate.
During History, the way of the cross 14 stations via dolorosa have been changed several times, in the 8th century the starting point was The Garden of Gethsemane, at the 14th century the beginning was the church of the Holy Sepulchre and today the starting point as the Lion’s gate in the Muslim Quarter, but it’s possible to state that the exact location of each station is less important but the spiritual impact counts. The Stations of the Cross pass through Jerusalem old city streets, crowded souvenir shops, markets and snack bars. click here for Jerusalem’s Top Churches tour. and the route of 14 Stations of the Cross up to his Crucifixion and Burial.
The Via Dolorosa – 14 stations of the Cross, Traditional forms are:
- Jesus is Condemned to Die.
- Jesus is made to Bear His Cross.
- Jesus Falls the First Time
- Jesus Meets His Mother
- Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
- Veronica Wipes Jesus’ Face
- Jesus Falls the Second Time
- Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
- Jesus Falls the Third Time
- Jesus is Stripped.
- Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
- Jesus Dies on the Cross
- Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross.
- Jesus is laid in the Tomb.
- Some traditions include the Resurrection of Jesus as the 15th station.
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Stations of the Cross pictures and images:
Old signs of the 5th Station of the Cross, Jerusalem Via Dolorosa
Ancient cross marks and signs of the 6th Station of the Cross, Jerusalem Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa 14 Stations of the Cross Jerusalem map:
Along the Stations of the Cross and in the Old City, you can find many stands and stores offering Holy Land Christian Souvenirs, Gifts and Crafts marking the way of the Cross.
The Transformation of Water into Wine, Marriage at Cana Jesus first miracle
Jesus Christ first public miracle – the transformation of water into wine at the wedding in Cana Galilee also known as Marriage at Cana, took place as Jesus was attending a wedding in Cana along with his disciples. The wedding ran out of wine and so Jesus of Nazareth requested the waiters to fill up vessels of water and miraculously turn the water into best wine.
Kfar Cana the modern name of Cana is located few miles north east of Nazareth at The Galilee. Today Cana host both The Franciscan Wedding Church and Greek Orthodox Church. The question about the authenticity of Cana (Kfar Cana) as the real Jesus wine miracle place is still open. On one hand Christian Pilgrims and Crusaders visited the site for decades and referred it as Jesus First public miracle from early days. An Ancient graffiti can be seen on one of the ancient grottoes. On the other hand recent Christian Holy Land excavations a bit north to Nazareth revealed ruins of ancient Jewish village from the 1st century and some believe it is the Biblical Cana village of the Wine miracle, (View the Galilee map below).
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Jesus Christ turns water into wine miracle in the Bible and Gospel:
References to the Wine miracles at the time of the Messiah can be found in several pages in the Bible.
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, he has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes“ (Genesis 49: 10-11)
“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, they have no wine. And Jesus said to her, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come. His mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2: 3-5)
Cana of Galilee top sites and attraction – what to see:
The Franciscan Wedding Church at Cana Galilee with its courtyard, inside the church an ancient byzantine mosaic from the 5th century and on the outside two bell towers. The lower floor present a small museum with crafts, one ancient vessel is said to be one of the six water jars of the wine miracle.
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Wedding at Cana Jesus Wine Miracle – Cana Galilee Map:
This Galilee Area Map shows the Christian villages, towns and ancient biblical sites (Nazareth, Mt Tabor, Capernaum, Korazim, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, etc) at the Galilee Holy Land.
Cana Wedding Church Images, videos and pictures:
At Cana two amazing Wine Miracle churches are standing side by side, the Catholic Cana Wedding Church and the Greek orthodox Wine miracle Church. During my last visit at Cana wedding wine miracle Church near Nazareth (August 2011) I took some new photos.
The Catholic Cana Wedding – Wine Miracle Church:
The Greek Orthodox Cana Wedding – Wine Miracle Church:
Cana Ancient Holy Land pictures & Photos:
These amazing ancient photos of Cana were taken and published between 1890-1905
Mount Tabor rising about 500 meters above Jezreel Valley at the northern part of the Holyland of Israel at the Lower Galilee. Mt Tabor = In Hebrew “Har Tavor” = הר תָּבוֹר Mount Tabor Church believed to be the traditional place of Jesus Christ Transfiguration in front Peter, James and John the brother of James and so it gained it name the Mount of Transfiguration.
The story of Jesus Christ Transfiguration in Mount Tabor ignites great passion and desire in the hearts and minds of worldwide Christians, Pilgrims and crusaders visiting the Holy land, there are many pictures, songs, art and symbols expressing and presenting the transfiguration of Jesus at Mt Tabor.
Mt Tabor offers perfect view and in a clear day its possible to view big parts of the Galilee, the Sea of the Galilee, Jezreel Valley, Nazareth, Cana and other Christian sites, villages and sacred places. Scroll down to see Mount Tabor and the Galilee map.
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Mount Tabor Jesus Transfiguration – in Bible and Gospel:
Mount Tabor appears several times in the Holy Bible:
- Deborah sent Barak to battle with Sisera in the book of Judges 4:6-7, Mount Tabor have a critical strategic position even in ancient times.
- You created the north and the south Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name. (Psalm 89:12)
- “One will come who is like Tabor among the mountains, like Carmel by the sea. (Jeremiah 46:18)
In the Holy Gospels Mt Tabor appears in the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus Christ followed by his disciples (Peter, John and James) went up the high mountain and transformed in front of them, Jesus face was shining as the sun and his clothes became bright as the light, then the disciples sa
w Jesus speaking with Moses, Elijah.
Peter said to Jesus, “
Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters-one for
Jesus Christ then told the terrified disciples “Get up don’t be afraid.” you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (Matthew 17:4) Then a bright cloud surrounded them, and a voice said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When they all went down the mountain Jesus asked them “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Matthew 17:1-9)
Mount Tabor attractions and what to see:
- Mount Tabor offers fantastic breathtaking view of Jezreel Valley and the Galilee.
- The Church of Transfiguration is located at Mount Tabor peak, the Church was built upon ruins of ancient Byzantine church.
- The Eastern Orthodox monastery with its Two Bell towers stand on each entrance, located in the northern side of the Transfiguration Church.
Mount Tabor, Holy Land Jezreel Valley Map:
This Map reveals big parts of the Galilee, the Sea of the Galilee, Jezreel Valley, Nazareth, Cana and other Christian sites, villages and sacred places which have been major part of Jesus Christ life and still are in today’s worldwide Christians, pilgrims and Crusaders.
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Tabgha, located in the northwest shore of Lake Kineret, the sea of the Galilee, is one of the Christian Holy Land main sites presents another fascinating miracle by Jesus Christ. Tabgha in Arabic Al-Tabigha, in Hebrew Ein Sheva = עין שבע which means The 7 springs. Tabgha is the traditional site of Jesus miracle of multiplication of the loaves and fish near the Sea of the Galilee.
“And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men”. (Mark 6: 30-44)
The multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha Holy land of Israel Sea of Galilee have inspired worldwide Christian, Pilgrimage crusades and Jesus Christ followers for decades, Tabgha Fish and Loaves Mosaic is a famous Christian symbol appears in pictures, songs and scripts. Tabgah Mosaic is most famous thanks to the Church of Multiplication of the loaves and fish also known as the Church of Multiplication or Tabgha Church in the Galilee.
Tabgha Church of Galilee in the Bible and Gospel:
According to Mark Jesus and the disciples searched for a quite remote peaceful place but the big crowd from the surrounding Galilee villages and towns recognized them and followed them. The hour was late and five thousand people where far from any village or food and so Jesus miraculously multiplied five loaves and two fish – “And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes”
Fish and Loaves Miracle is a key motive in Armenian Ceramic art and Crafts.
Tabgha Church at the Sea of the Galilee attractions and what to see:
- The Tabgha Multiplication Church is famous thanks to the fantastic preserved ancient Christian Fish and Loaves mosaic, Tabgha Church is modern but stands on the ruins of 4th Century Church which traditionally believed to be the site of the multiplication miracle.
- Part of the beautiful ancient Tabgha mosaic reveals birds and plants and it is preserved in such a great condition that it is actually possible to identify the animal and birds species. The Tabgha Mosaic is the earliest known example of a figured Mosaic in Galilee, Holyland and Christian art.
- Fish and Loaves Crafts and Ceramic Art is one of the Holy Land’s bestselling souvenirs.
Tabgha at the Sea of the Galilee Map:
This Holy Land Galilee map present main attractions and Christian sites in the Galilee and the Sea of Galilee shore, Tabgha Church, Beit Tsaida, Capernaum (Kfar Nahum), Saint Peter Church, Ginosar, Tiberias and key roads in the Galilee area.
Fish and Loaves Miracle is a key motive in Armenian Ceramic art and Crafts.