The Holy Land

The Church of the Nativity Jesus birth

The Church of the Nativity and Jesus birth

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Church of Nativity, Betlehem

Every day: 6.30 – 19.30 (summer) 5.30 – 18.00 (winter)

Bethlehem in the New Testament and Jesus birth Jesus birth – the faith in the fulfillment of the prophetic announcement of the birth in Bethlehem of a descendant of David was well rooted in the Judaic tradition at the time of Jesus. Indeed, when Herod asked the high priests where the Messiah was to be born they replied without hesitation: “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet” (Matt 2:5).Continue Reading

church of the holy sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

+972 2 6272697

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jeruzalem

Summer hours (April – September): 5.00 – 21.00 daily. Winter hours (October – March): 4.00 – 19.00 daily.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre  – Room of the Tomb “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.Continue Reading

Capernaum

The Capernaum Sanctuary

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St. Peter's house, Izrael

Opening hours of the sanctuary: 8.00 – 17.00

The Lake  The area Capernaum surrounding the Sea of Galilee can be considered today to represent a unique sanctuary, for this is the land where Jesus lived and where his nature of God and man was completely manifested. It has been said that wherever Jesus placed his foot, there a sanctuary was created.Continue Reading

Tabgha and Magdala

The Church of the multiplication of the loaves – Tabgha and Magdala

04-672.47.67

Magdala, Migdal, Israel

Every day: from 8.00 to16.50

Tabgha and Magdala The pilgrims, continuing the tradition of the Christians who lived continuously in Capharnaum since the times of Christ, localized three Gospel memories in Tabgha: the multiplication of the loaves, the appearance of Christ risen to the Apostles and the Beatitudes. Continuing towards Tiberias, after the plain of Ghinnosar, Magdala is reached, the place that gave its name to Mary Magdalene, the ardent disciple of the Lord.Continue Reading

St. Peter’s Church Jaffa

Jaffa – St Peter’s Church

+972 3 682 28 71

St. Peter's Church, Kikar Kdumim, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Izrael

Visiting hours: 8.00 am – 11.45 am and 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Jaffa – St Peter’s Church The New Testament records several of the deeds of St Peter the Apostle which took place in Jaffa: the raising of Tabitha; his stay at the house of Simon the Tanner; the vision of the sheet let down from heaven.Continue Reading

Dominus Flevit Church

The sanctuary from Mount of Olives – Dominus Flevit Church

+972 2 6266 450

Dominus Flevit Church, Jeruzalem

Sanctuary Visiting Hours: 8.00 - 11.45; 14.30 - 17.00

Dominus Flevit Church The Mount of Olives is rich in biblical and Christian memory. Jesus’ weeping and mourning over the holy city is commemorated in Dominus Flevit Church from the medieval period. “If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes.Continue Reading

Church of the Flagellation

Church of the Flagellation

+972 2 6270 444

Church conviction, Jerusalem

Sanctuary Visiting Hours Summer: 8:00am to 6:00pm. / Winter: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Church of the Flagellation Christian tradition places here two moments from the Passion of Jesus: the flagellation and the condemnation to death. The two sanctuaries are annexed to the Franciscan convent, seat of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. In the floor of the Condemnation are conserved several stones of the “Lithostrotos”. The imposition of the cross is indicated on the external wall of the Sanctuary of the Condemnation at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa.Continue Reading

Church of Saint Joseph

Church of Saint Joseph

04-657.25.01

St. Joseph's Church, Nazareth, Izrael

Sanctuary Visiting Hours 7.00 – 18.00

Nazareth – The Church of Saint Joseph According to Christian tradition, in addition to the basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of Saint Joseph is also in Nazareth. The sanctuary is called the Church of the Nutrition because Jesus lived and grew up here until he was an adult, learning his father’s trade. “O Joseph, you just and holy man, intercede for us with the Lord Jesus.Continue Reading

Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth

Basilica of the Annunciation

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Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazaret, Izrael

Every day: 5:45 am – 9:00 pm

Grotto and the Basilica of the Annunciation As in the other sanctuaries appearing in the Christian memorials of the Holy Land, the Grotto of Nazareth also bears reference to the “HIC” exact location in which the gospel events occurred: here the Virgin Mary heard the words of the Annunciation; here she pronounced the fiat; here the Word became flesh; here purity and virginity fused with maternity while remaining intact.Continue Reading

Saint John the Baptist Ain Karem

Ain Karem: Saint John the Baptist

02-632.30.00

Church of St. John the Baptist, Jerusalem, Izrael

AM: 8:00 – 11:45 (Sundays 9:00 – 11:45) PM: 2:30 – 5:45 (Winter 2:30 – 4:45)

Ain Karem: Saint John the Baptist The XII century Crusaders’ church was renovated in 1621 by the Custos F. Tommaso Obicini da Novara and made public only in 1675. The present building, designed by architect Antonio Barluzzi, was made in 1939. The birth place of Saint John the Baptist, precursor of the Lord, is located in the town of Ain Karem close to Jerusalem. The sanctuary honors St.Continue Reading