The Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives or Mount Olivet is one of three peaks of a mountain adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City. The Mount was once covered with olive trees. There are several sites in this Mount where tourists, mostly pilgrims flock to. The Church of Ascension A part of the complex has an old Christian church…

The River Jordan

The River Jordan is located towards the west of Jordan. It’s a 251 km long river flowing into the Dead Sea. The Jordan River water is the second largest water resource for Israel. The river has been mentioned in the Gospel, in spiritual music, in folk tales, poetry and in many other literary works. The…

Mount Carmel

Mount Camel is located in the northern Israel and it is stretching from the Mediterranean Sea towards the southeast. This coastal mountain range is a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The city of Haifa (Israel’s third largest city), is located on the northern slope of this mount. Haifa is a beautiful city where one could enjoy nature,…

An Ancient Roman Aqueduct in Caesarea

An aqueduct is a water supply or navigable channel constructed to convey water. The ancient roman-style aqueducts were built in different parts of the world. Some are as old as the 7th Century BC. The remains of around 600 aqueducts has been found out so far. In the old city Caesarea of Israel, initially its…

Bethesda Pools….archaeological remains as old as the 8th century BC!!

The pool of Bethesda (Bethsaida) has always been an area of mystery and controversy for Christian historians and archaeologists alike. The pool is located in the Muslim Quarter of Old Jerusalem, about 50 meters inside the St Stephen’s or Lions’ Gate. Years back, the gate was called the Sheep Gate, because this was where sheep…

Sea of Galilee

The famous Sea of Galilee is actually a lake!!It is the lowest freshwater lake in the whole world! Along with many other tourists, I went for a cruise in the lake….. The weather was pleasant. The lake and the surrounding area had an astounding silence. It made me feel at ease. Sang songs along with…

Capharnaum

Now an archaeological park, Capharnaum was a fishing village of the Hasmonean period between 140 BC and 116BC and its located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The layout of the village was quite regular with small districts bordered by small cross sectional streets. The houses were constructed with good quality mortar…

Tabgha

Tabgha is an area situated on the North West shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. The name ‘Tabgha’ is derived from the Greek name Heptapegon which means “seven springs”. I visited this place early one morning. Even though its an archaeological and religious tour destination, there were only a handful of tourists in…

Casa Nova Street, Nazareth

Casa Nova Street is located towards the east of Nazareth and there I visited a number of ancient and holy sites, places of archaeological importance and artistic interest. Basilica of the Annunciation According to the Roman Catholic tradition, the Basilica of the Annunciation is established at the site where the Annunciation took place. I visited…