Christian tourists around the world enjoy visiting the Holy Land during Easter. Check out Israel21c’s list of eight remarkable churches to visit during this holy season.
1. St. Anne’s Church, Jerusalem
Situated near the Lion’s Gate and Station 1 on Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem, this reconstructed Crusader church under the auspices of the White Fathers is “simple and majestic, with unbelievable acoustics,” Firsel tells ISRAEL21c. The Catholic church’s name is due to its traditional designation as the site of the home of Jesus’ maternal grandparents, Anne and Joachim.
2. Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor
Mount Tabor is the assumed location of the Transfiguration, and it is here that Franciscan monk Antonio Barluzzi, “Architect of the Holy Land” between 1919 and 1956, designed this magnificent structure in 1924 on the ruins of a fourth- to sixth-century Byzantine church and a 12th century Crusader church.
3. Church of the Twelve Apostles, Capernaum (Kfar Nachum)
You’ll find this red-domed 1930s-era Greek Orthodox church on Route 87 just past the turnoff to the traditional Capernaum site. The small, cross-shaped building has two central domes surrounded by six smaller ones, each topped by a cross. “The frescoes inside are some of the most magnificent in the Middle East,” says Firsel.