Holy Land Christian Sites to Visit

10 Churches you must see in the Holy Land







1. One of the most important places to visit while you tour the city is the Church of the Nativity - The Birth Place of our Lord Jesus Christ, to enter the church you need to go through the "Door of Humility, a small rectangular enterance to the church.
The Nativity Church is also one of the most oldest surviving churches in the middle east.

Bethlehem is one of the most important cities for Christians.
Bethlehem means the "house of bread" in hebrew בית לחם.
It is situated in the mountains at an elevation of approximately 800 meters above sea level and is 10 km south of Jerusalem.
Today the city is administered by the Palestinian Authority, to enter the city you must go through an Israeli check point.


Birth Place of our Lord Jesus

Bethlehem In the Bible
Matthew 2:1-12 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem...

What to see at the Church of the Nativity?
The Birth Place of Jesus, marked by a silver star in the floor
How to go there?
By car 10 minutes drive from Jerusalem,
By private taxi from Jerusalem should cost you not more than 50 ILS
By Bus from East Jerusalem, located near the Damascus Gate , run by Palestinian companies, the bus cost about 5-7 ILS


Mass Hours
Every Sunday between 9:30-10:30am (Arabic)

When is the best time to visit Bethlehem?
I will recommend you to come visit during the spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
Also the Autumn great in (October, November and even in December) during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's perfect for travel.



 







 

2. Church of the Milk Grotto known as the "Miracle Babies".
This church is located in Bethlehem just a few meters from the Nativity Church.
Tradition says that our Mother Mary gave milk to infant Jesus and few drops of her milk fell onto the rocks, since then the colour of the rocks has changed to creamy white.
Many piligrims visit this beautiful place and pray for miracles and return home with smiles on their faces as our lady answers their prayers.
Never forget that miracles happen to people with faith, and your faith in Jesus can move mountains.
What to see in the Church of the Milk Grotto?
You will see soft white rock, many believe if the will take the soft white chalk and mixed with their food, and praying to our lady of the milk  it will increase the amout of their milk or enable them become pregnant.
How to get there?
Walk only 150 meters from bethlehem main square


When is the best time to visit the Milk Grotto Church?
I will recommend you to come visit during the spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
Also the Autumn great in (October, November and even in December) during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's perfect for travel.








 

3. Beit Sahour is the Christian village that leads to bethlehem and the "Shepherds' Fields".
There are two churches at the same site, one is run through the Greek Orthodox and the other by the Franciscans.
Beit Sahour ("Shepherds; Fields") In the Bible
Luke2: 8-20 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified
What to see in the Shepherds' Church Fields?
You will see two beautiful Churches, Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholics(Franciscans) which both identify as the Shepherds' Fields.
How to get there?

By Taxi/Bus service from bethlehem

When is the best time to visit Beit Sahour?
I will recommend you to come visit during the spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
Also the Autumn great in (October, November and even in December) during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's perfect for travel.




 





 




 

4. Church of the Holy Sepulchre, also known as the Churches of the Resurrection
is located in the ancient city of Jerusalem.  This is the most holy Christian Church in the world.
The Church of the Resurrection (Sepulchre) has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 384 AD.
Inside the church you will find the tomb of Jesus
In the Bible
Luke 24:2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb
Mark 15:22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means "the place of the skull").
What to see at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre?
Inside the entrance to the church is the Tomb of Jesus, which tradition believes to be the spot where Jesus body prepared for burial by Joseph of Arimathea.
Outside in the back of the courtyard as you face to your left of the entrance, there are 11th century Greek Orthodox chapels built by Constantine Baptistery over the site.
How to get there?
 Start from the Lion Gate in the Old City Via Dolorosa road that leads to the 14 Stations of the Cross up to the Sepulchre Church

When is the best time to visit Jerusalem?
I recommend you to come visit during the spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
Autumn is great as well in October, November and December during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's which is perfect for travel.











 




 







 

5. Church of the Visitation, located in Ein Karem in Jerusalem
Ein Karem(עין כרם) in hebrew meaning vine.

The Visitation In the Bible
Our lady went from Nazareth to Jerusalem to help her cousin Elizabeth and stay there three months
Luke 1:41- When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
What to see at the Church of the Visitation?
You will see the spot where our Mother Mary met her cousin Elizabeth.
The Church was designed by an Italian Architect and the upper church has italian style.  Inside the church you will see the titles which Mary has been endowed: Mother of God, Refuge of Sinners, Dispenser of all Grace, Help of Christians.
How to get there?
When you arrive to St. John Church in Ein Karem, just walk 5 minutes and you will see the beautiful Church from there.

When is the best time to visit the Church of the Visitation?
I recommend you to come visit during the spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
In the Autumn is good in (October, November and even in December) during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's which is perfect for travel..


 







 

6. Church of the Annunciation, is one of the most beautiful and biggest churches in the middle East located in the city of Nazareth.
The site is a famous pilgrimage destination and hasbecome one of the most important stops for Christianpilgrims in the holy land.
The interior of the Basilica consists of an upper church and a lower church
Inside the lower church of the annunciation you will find the cave where our Mother Mary received the news from the Angel Gabriel. In the upper church you will find many icons of our Mother Mary from all over the world and hasSunday mass at 10 am.

Nazareth in the Bible
Luke1:26 now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth.
What to see at the Church of the Annunciation?
Here you will see the spot (first floor) where the Angel Gabriel told Mother Mary she would become the Mother of  the Son of God.
How to go there?
You can easily get there by car and enter the city. The best day is Sunday as there is no traffic in the city.  Most Israeli cities are connected to Nazareth by bus.  For example you have bus from Haifa 331, Tel Aviv 823, 826,and bus 955 from Jerusalem.

Mass Hours
Every Sunday between 10-11am (Arabic)

When is the best time to visit Church of the Annunciation?
It is recommended to visit during the spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
Autumn is good in (October, November and even in December) during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's which is perfect for travel.



 



 
 

 



 

7. Saint Elijah Church Mount Carmel is located at the Mount of Carmel in Haifa city.  Elijah the prophet isknown in Hebrew as Eliyahu(Lord is my God)
Today, this beautiful monastery is run by the Carmelite Franciscans who live there.
One of the traditions say that Our Lady of Mount Carmel saved the city and the church from destruction and sincethen; our Christian community celebrates Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast.  We can also find our Lady with theInfant Jesus Statue inside the church

In the Bible
The Contest on Mount Carmel

1 Kings 18 Later on, in the third year of the drought, the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and present yourself to King Ahab. Tell him that I will soon send rain!” So Elijah went to appear before Ahab.
What to see at Saint Elias Church Mount Carmel?
You will see small cave associated with Prophet Elijah and the altar above shows a cave dominated by the statue to our Lady of Mount Carmel
How to get there?
Taxi Special service, or by bus from Haifa downtown

When is the best time to visit Saint Elijah church of Mount Carmel?
I recommend you to come visit during spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
Autumn is also a good time in (October, November and even in December) during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's which is perfect for travel.









 

8. Cana Village is located in the galilee just 10 km from Nazareth
In the village you can visit the church where our Lord Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding.
The church is run by Franciscans monks and opens daily for visitors.  Inside the church you will see the ancient stone water jar that jesus used to turn the water into wine; and
you will also find many souvenir stores where you can purchase wine as a symbol to the miracle.

Cana in the Bible
John 2:1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there.
What to see at the Church of the Wedding in Cana?
According to the Bible it's the spot where our Savior made his first miracle in the wedding. You will also find the stone water jar from the wedding.

How to get there?
It’s a 15 minute drive by bus or taxi from Nazareth. 

When is the best time to visit Cana Village?
In the spring during (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
Also in Autumn during (October, November and even in December) when temperatures are on average 15's-22's and perfect for travel.



 








 

9. Church of the Beatitudes is located at the Sea of Galilee near Tabgha. The Mount of Beatitudes is very famous in the bible for being the place where Jesus made the miracle with the Loaves and fishes.

After you finish your trip to the church of the beatitudesyou can walk and visit Saint Peter church just 500 metersaway.

The Beatitudes Mountain in the Bible

Matthew 5:1-12 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit...
What to see at the Church of the Beatitudes?
You can see the Catholic Church in the mount of Beatitudes and the mountain where Jesus made his sermon and miracle with the loaves and fishes.  
The area is so beautiful, quiet and full of gardens. The Sea of Galilee is just 50 meters away from the church.
How to get there?
Driving by car is the best way but taking a bus touris a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.

When is the best time to visit the Mount of Beatitudes?
I recommend you to visit during the spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
Autumn is great as well in (October, November and even in December) during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's



 









 

10. Church of the Transfiguration is located in Mount Tabor or in Hebrew (har tavor=הר תבור)

Transfiguration In the Bible
In the New Testament Jesus is Transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. At that point the prophets Elijah and Moses appear and Jesus begins to talk to them.
The church today is run by Franciscans monks and every year there is a mass in the Transfiguration day
What to see at the Church of the Transfiguration?
You will see a beautiful Orthodox and Catholic church which is separated by wall.
In the entrance there is a chapel dedicated to Moses and Elijah who were seen with Jesus during the Transfiguration
The place is so beautiful and the views are breathtaking that you won't want to leave this place considered by some tourists as Heaven on earth.
How to get there?
A tour bus will bring you to the village and from there you can continue by bike, walking or by small buses which takes you to the top of the mountain.

When is the best time to visit the Church of the Transfiguration?
I recommend you to visit during the spring time (March, April, and May) when temperatures are on average 20's-25's
In the Autumn is great (October, November) and even inDecember during Christmas season when temperatures are on average 15's-22's and perfect for travel.






Don’t hesitate to comment below if you have any questions or additional information about the 1o churches i mention.
Jesus Bless You all
Nicola Kanaan