The Holy Land

Nazareth, Israel (map)
Haifa, Israel (map)
Jerusalem, Israel (map)

During our 4 months of travels by far the most frequent country that other travelers have been from is Israel, this is pretty impressive considering the size and population of Israel in comparison to the other countries of travelers we have met.  But one thing has stayed consistent in that everyone we have met from Israel has been well educated in international politics, opinionated about the next USA election, and good at teaching you about other point of views from around the world.

So when we saw the chance to visit the country our new friends are from and see first hand the history that Israel holds we jumped at the opportunity.  You may be surprised to learn that it’s not a barren country still living in the 1st century but from the areas we saw a thriving 21st century land connected by mass transportation ahead of our own (even wifi on their city and cross country buses), a large farming community, has the second-largest number of startup companies in the world (after the United States), and the largest number of NASDAQ-listed companies outside North America.

But as you can imagine as a tourist in the country for only a couple of days the highlights we were there to see where those around the historic significance of the Christian faith.  Though the visit not only connected us with the roots in Christianity but the education around the history this Holy Land holds for Judaism and Islam.

Village Markets of Nazareth
The Church of Annunciation built in 1969 over the site where it was believed that Mary lived; the largest Christian sanctuary in the Middle East
We headed back to Haifa to catch our ship, but before leaving made a stop by the Bahai Gardens which is a Holy place for the Bahai religion
The outside walls to enter The Old City – It’s not only in Texas that people are believed to ride their horses on the road
Jerusalem The Old City
Our first stop in the Old City is to the location where Pilate condemns Jesus and Jesus receives the Cross
We followed the Via Dolorosa “Way of Suffering” path that Jesus carried the cross on the way to his crucifixion
The path ends at the Church of Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was stripped of his garments, nailed to the cross, died, and then laid in the Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea
The wall mosaic as you enter the church that represents John 19:40
The Stone of Anointing claims to be the spot where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial by Joseph of Arimathea
The Aedicule contains what is believed to be a fragment of the stone that sealed the tomb after Jesus’ burial
The Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion is believed to be the spot where Mary fell into eternal sleep. Just to the left in this picture is the location to where Jesus held The Last Supper
Making our way from Mount Zion to the Mount of Olives we had a chance to visit the Western or Wailing Wall which is a sacred site recognized by the Jewish faith
The Mount of Olives
The Chapel of Ascension is a shrine located on the Mount of Olives that is believed to be the spot where Jesus ascended into heaven

6 thoughts on “The Holy Land

  1. EmilySue & Dustin, this is my favorite of all your posts on your journey ATW. I really want to go see the Holy Land.

    1. 🙂 Glad you liked it! The people of Israel really are great and at no point did we feel any sort of danger even from pick pocketing.

  2. What an amazing trip and you’ve got 8 months to go! The Holy Land is on our bucket list and your pictures and narration are motivation for me (as other locations like South Africa). Were those date trees in the Bahai Gardens? Beautiful shot of the whole staircase. How many pictures have you taken so far?

    1. I think the Holy Land should be on everyone’s bucket list no matter what religion you are; it was great plus we loved how there was open WiFi everywhere we went (nice for traveling)

  3. Hi Emily & Dustin,
    How are you guys doing? Love all your pictures especially from Holy Land. Wow! Emily even get to kiss the Sphinx! We’re so glad we met you in our cruise. We wish we could go with you traveling around the world. Take care and keep on traveling… Nancy & Nelson (adopted Filipino family)

    1. Hey Nancy, Things are still going well. Thanks so much for letting us barge in on your tour in Egypt, we loved every minute of it and miss the life on the ship :). If you have any Philippines tips please send them our way.

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