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More than Ancient Churches: Experiencing Israel’s Christian History

Icon July 11, 2022
Icon By Shai Navon
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Israel is a popular tourist destination for many reasons: Its scenery, beaches, deserts, people, and history, to name a few. This tiny piece of land has it all. But for Christians, it has even more to offer. Israel will forever be known as the Holy Land on which Jesus Christ walked the earth. But Christian history in the Holy Land did not end there. Quite the opposite – it was only the beginning.

When thinking of Christian sites in Israel, it is always the world-famous ancient churches that come to mind. But Christian history is everywhere in the Holy Land. The places we’re showcasing in this article offer Christian tourists an unforgettable spiritual experience, on top of being an exciting tourist destination.

The Western Wall, Jerusalem

The Jewish temple of Jerusalem was where Jesus Christ cleansed his Father’s temple by overthrowing the tables of the money changers and denouncing sacrificial practices. That temple no longer stands, but the Western Wall of the temple’s compound is miraculously readily accessible to all who want to witness and touch it.

Located in Jerusalem’s Old City and also known as the Wailing Wall, it is the holiest site in the world for Jews. All faiths are allowed to touch the wall and plant a note between its ancient cracks. This powerful experience promotes contemplation on the reality that these stones are from the time of Jesus of Nazareth.

Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

Also in Jerusalem’s Old City is a road Christ walked after the dramatic events at the temple. The last road of Christ has for two millennia attracted Christian worshipers who want to follow in his footsteps.

After Christ had his Last Supper with his disciples, he was caught in Gethsemane and handed over to the Romans. His sentence was death on the cross. The path Jesus walked to the site of his crucifixion is the Via Dolorosa. You can walk through the 600 meters road and follow the final fourteen stations of the life of Christ, the last of which are found in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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Underground Crusader City, Acre

We jump ahead in time to the period of the Christian Crusades. The Holy Land was under Arab control, but the countless Crusader expeditions to the region have left their mark in a way that is still visible today.

One of the most popular Crusaders’ sites in Israel is the Underground Crusader City in Acre and its Knights Hall. Acre’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and beneath its ancient streets lies a hidden Crusader city. Experience the massive 12th-century halls, chambers, tunnels, and passages, kept almost intact. And according to old maps found in the Vatican library in Italy, 96% of the Crusader City is still undiscovered!

The German Templar Village, Tel Aviv

At the heart of trendy Tel Aviv, right outside a hip new inner market, stand the historic Christian German Templar colony buildings, erected 150 years ago!
This vibrant neighborhood was depopulated after WWII but not forgotten. In recent years, the Tel Aviv municipality restored and maintained this complex and turned it into a pleasant 47-acre site that combines history and urban development called Sarona.

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