One of the fantastic things about pilgrim tours is the array of religious sites you have the opportunity to see. Embarking on a religious pilgrimage is the perfect way to see some of the most well known biblical landmarks in the world. Here are a few recommended ones to look out for on your pilgrim tour.
Some recommended biblical landmarks to view:
Reef Palace pillars, Caesarea
The Reef Palace Pillars are located in the famous Caesarea National Park in Tel Aviv. Historically, Caesarea is one of the most important cities in Israel. As voted one of the top ten must-sees when visiting Israel, we highly recommend visiting this famous landmark during your group pilgrim tour.
The ancient city was constructed by Judean King Herod, which was later destroyed in the year 640 by Arab armies. The remains of Herod’s Palace were founded on a reef opposite the Mediterranean Sea. It is referred to as the Reef Palace as it is believed a portion of the palace remains underwater.
Arches, Pool of Bethesda
During a pilgrimage of Jerusalem, we recommend you keep an eye out for another biblical landmark, ‘The Pool of Bethesda’ which is located close to the Fortress of Antonia and is the site whereby Jesus’ performed a miracle. According to Gospel John (John 5:2-9), the pool of Bethesda is where Jesus healed a paralytic man of thirty-eight years. It has taken archaeologists well over 100 years to identify the site after it was destroyed in the late 19th century.
Tabgha is most famous for being the spot whereby Jesus miraculously multiplied loaves and fish to feed a multitude of people. This is a site definitely worth visiting during your pilgrim tour. Two churches now stand in the spot to commemorate the miracle. The biblical landmark has become a very popular pilgrimage spot over the years, where various pilgrims come to seek prayer.
Golgotha Hill, also known as ‘the place of the skull’ is remembered as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion. People believe that parts of the hill are sculpted into eyes replicating a skull. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience. Visiting Golgotha’s hill can be a very emotional part of the pilgrim tour, were spiritual followers take the time to reminisce over Jesus’ selfless sacrifice to save mankind. This is a must see biblical landmark during your pilgrim tour of Jerusalem.
The Garden Tomb
After visiting Golgotha’s Hill, if you are on an organised pilgrim tour in Jerusalem, it is likely you will also visit the garden tomb. The gardens have a tranquil atmosphere and are all beautifully kept. For many pilgrims, the gardens encourage a period of reflection.
The garden tomb is believed to be the place Jesus’ body was placed after the crucifixion and therefore, for many religious and spiritual followers, this biblical landmark is not one to be missed.
The Basilica of the Annunciation
The Basilica of Annunciation is said to be the site where the angel Gabrial told to the Virgin Mary she was to conceive baby Jesus. The church is located in Nazareth, in Northern Isreal. This biblical landmark is often referred to as one of the holiest churches for Christianity, and therefore a very popular destination for many pilgrim tours. The architecture of the Basilica of the Annunciation is truly breathtaking, scattered with colourful mosaics of the Holy family.
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