Places to Visit
Listed in the order of a
possible tour. By Debra Fieguth
Jaffa – Now incorporated into Tel Aviv, this is
the place where Jonah lived and Peter raised
Tabitha from the dead. Old Jaffa provides a
scenic view of the Mediterranean Sea.
Caesarea – The headquarters of Roman rule
in Israel, this is where St. Paul was taken in
chains and tried for heresy, and where Cor-
Nazareth – The Basilica of the Annunciation,
Mary’s Well, and Nazareth Village (www.
nazarethvillage.com), which recreates a
2,000-year-old Israeli town, are among the
highlights. The Gospel Trail also starts here.
Cana – Jesus performed His first miracle,
turning water into wine, at a wedding feast
in Cana. Although the site isn’t certain, in
Kafr Kana, an Arab village near Nazareth,
churches commemorate the event.
Mount Tabor – Reached by bus, car or on foot,
the summit of Mount Tabor is where Jesus’
Transfiguration took place, while Peter,
James and John watched in awe as He spoke
with Moses and Elijah.
Galilee – Has at least three stops. The Church
of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes
in Tabgha houses an ancient mosaic depicting Jesus feeding the 5,000. The Mount
of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the
Sermon on the Mount, has a great view of
the Sea of Galilee. In Capernaum see the
home of Peter and Andrew, and the spot
where Jesus asked His disciples to “follow
me.” Ruins of an ancient synagogue stand
Dead Sea – The lowest point on earth and
Mount Carmel – The place where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal is now Israel’s largest national park ( www.parks.org.il). Prehistoric remains, nature reserves, a Druze
village and the first Carmelite monastery are
all found in the region.