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…

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,…

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…

Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo is an 817m high mountain ridge located 10km NW of Madaba in Jordan. It is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan as Moses was buried here. According to the Holy Scriptures, Moses spends his last days here viewing the Promised Land of Canaan. In 2000, Late Pope John Paul II…

Church of the Map

The Greek Orthodox Church of St George(The Church of the Map) located in Madaba, the capital city of Madaba Governorate of Jordan, is a historically significant site as there is the presence of the Madaba Mosaic Map.  The Madaba Mosaic Map is part of the mosaic flooring and is of the Middle East during the…