Galilee & Nazareth

Sites to visit:

  • Megiddo: Located in the Jezreel Valley and was the most important city in the land during its time because of its prime location for controlling the trade roads. Later, in the book of Revelation it is described as the place where the final battle between Good and Evil will take place (Revelation 6:6)
  • Mount Tabor: the Mount of Transfiguration. It has remains of ancient churches and new churches from the beginning of the 20th Century. (Joshua 19:22k Judges 4:6, 12, 14; Matthew 13-17:1)
  • Mary’s Well- Greek Orthodox Church: the only water spring in Nazareth. According to tradition, it is the place of the first appearance of the angel to the Virgin Mary. (Luke 38-1:26)
  • Church of the Annunciation: built on the house of Mary and Jesus. It is considered to be the largest church in the Middle East. (Luke1)
  • Mount Precipice: Located south of Nazareth, overlooking Jezreel Valley. (Luke 30-4:16)
  • The Church of Synagogue: Believed to be the site where Jesus was rejected by the people of Nazareth. (Luke 4:15; Mark 6-1:6)
  • Cana of Galiliee: The Church of the wedding. It is where Jesus performed his first miracle, changing the water into wine. ( John2:1)
  • Capernaum: It is Peter’s Hometown, and the town where Jesus lived after he was dismissed from Nazareth. It has the largest synagogue dating back to the fifth century. (Matthew 18:22, 4:13; Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31)
  • Tabgha: the place of the Seven Springs, It is the site where Jesus taught the crowds. It is also the site where the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes took place. (Matthew21-14:13; Mark 44-6:30; John 15-6:1)
  • Mount of Beatitudes: the site where Jesus gave his famous sermon on the mount. (Matthew2-5:1; Luke 20-6:17; Luke 7:1; Matthew 11-5:3)
  • St. Peter’s Primacy Church: also called Mensa Christi, which means “the table of the Christ.” This is where Jesus had his last breakfast with the disciples after the resurrection (John: 21)
  • Korazim: one of three towns condemned by Jesus. It contains the remains of houses from the first five centuries AD and is home to one of the oldest synagogues in Galilee. (Matthew 22-11:21; Luke 13-10:10)
  • Kursi: a Greek village located on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. The remains of the largest Christian monastery, destroyed in the 17th century, can still be found here. (Matthew34-8:28; Mark 14-5:1; Luke 37-8:26)
  • Hazor: the largest Canaanite city in the region. It was occupied by different civilizations and was mentioned in the Old Testament as one of three cities that King Solomon fortified. (Joshua 11:10-13; Judges 4:2, 17)
  • Tel Dan: an ancient city built next to Dan Spring. It is one of the three springs that make up the Jordan River and is considered as a major resource of water. The remains from the ancient city and the temple that King Rehoboam built are visible. (Joshua 19:47)
  • Banyas: the largest water spring that contributes to the Jordan River. It has remains of the city that Herod the Great built. It is the place where Jesus stood when he asked his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” (Matthew 16:13)
  • Nimrod Fortress: the largest fortress in the region, dating back to the 12th century AD. It was the primary guard for the northern border of the land. (Genesis 10-10:8)

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