Haifa: welcome to God's vineyards
How rapidly the landscape outside the bus window is changing - the Negev desert dotted with "moon craters", the hills and valleys of the Galilee, Mediterranean beaches, caves, gorges, serpentines…

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Gedi Spring Oasis
In the immediate vicinity of the Judean Desert, between the shores of the Dead Sea and the slopes of the mountains, there is a strip of land only a few…

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Franciscan Order in the Holy Land
But only the Order of the Franciscans earned the right to be called the Keepers of the Holy Land, and its founder, Francis of Assisi, wore the stigmata from the…

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Jerusalem. Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Billion nine hundred million … So many people on our planet believe in Christ. The dream of the vast majority of Christians is the desire to visit the places where He was born, preached, crucified, resurrected, and ascended to His Kingdom of Heaven.

Pilgrimage was born already in the first centuries from the Nativity of Christ, but it acquired a stable, massive character only when the crusaders created a base for this. And the number of pilgrims exceeded the most daring assumptions. The question arose about the need to form those traditions that were not there before. So, by the XIII – XIV centuries, the route of the Sorrowful (Cross) way of Jesus was born, called Via Dolorosa.

At first it included only those places that were mentioned in the Gospels. Then, gaining speculation and legends, he finally became what he is today: a route marking 14 stops (stations) on the way of Jesus Christ from the place of the Court to the place of His Crucifixion on Calvary. Continue reading

A walk through the city of the Crusaders

Today, Acre is a very vibrant city, in the east is vain and colorful. This is especially noticeable in the narrow streets of the old city, in the bazaar and near the port. A tourist should tune in advance to the fact that in the historical center he will not find a tinted tourist area with neat signs at ancient monuments. Ordinary people live in the old center, mainly Arabs, and many houses are built literally on the remains of the former city.

In fact, Acre consists of several cities at once, sprouted one into another, you know, like a Russian nesting doll: removed the cap, and there is another doll with a new face, and each next with its own character. Such is Acre. Continue reading

Grottoes, cormorants, catfish, turtles and the lights of Tiberias

After an endless stream of historical information (and what to do, such a country!), A change of impressions was simply necessary for us. Which is what happened. Just 20 km from Acre, on the border with Lebanon, there are absolutely stunning beauty of Rosh Hanikra grottoes. These are caves created by the sea for millions of years. The world of azure water, rocks and stones. Down tourists descend by funicular.

And then – a walk-contemplation along the path laid in the rocks along the coast. Look at these photos. Do not believe that this could be in the Holy Land? And yet, this is also Israel. Continue reading

Orange tree and symbolic whale
The old part of Jaffa has been reconstructed and turned into a tourist center. Here are the workshops of artists, galleries, souvenir shops. But even after restoration, the ancient streets…

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Franciscan Order in the Holy Land
But only the Order of the Franciscans earned the right to be called the Keepers of the Holy Land, and its founder, Francis of Assisi, wore the stigmata from the…

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Under the Star of Bethlehem - Silence
When our small group arrived at a hotel in Jerusalem, we were unpleasantly surprised by the silence in the lobby. Before giving us electronic cards, which act as room keys,…

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Excursion from Sharm El Sheikh to Israel
Group bus excursion from Sharm El Sheikh to Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea. Details of the tour, useful tips, crossing the Egypt-Israel border, security measures at the Dead Sea.…

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