Besides its various distinctive qualities, Jerusalem is well-known for religious tolerance and its biblical landmarks. Islam, Christianity, and Judaism have come together in the capital state of Jerusalem, forming a distinctive mosaic of faiths and religious practices.
Along with the two monotheistic religions i.e. Islam and Judaism that call Jerusalem “home”, the faith of Christianity also holds a special significance to the great city of Jerusalem. The monasteries and churches present in the ancient city of Jerusalem, owned and run by various denominations, mirror the significance of the city to the world of Christianity. These sites attract thousands of visitors to the Holy Land of Jerusalem on a annual basis. The Biblical sites present in the city are significant to specific Christian Catholics, but they serve the entire Christian faith.
Various chapels and religious sites are located relatively close to one another, making them easily reachable. From the Condemnation Chapel and the Chapel of Flagellation to the Garden Tomb, Jerusalem is full of churches, depicting the life of Jesus Christ. Mary’s Tomb and the Grotto of the Apostles, is not to be forgotten.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is believed to be the most important Christian site. It is the site of Golgotha (Calvary) where Jesus was historically crucified. Getting into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is free for both Christians and non-Christians. It remains open from dawn til dusk and is a must-visit destination for anyone who’s on a tour in the Holy Land of Jerusalem.
Situated in the neighborhood of Ein Kerem, the Church of St. John is another significant biblical site to visit. It marks the birthplace of the scriptural Saint John, who was well-known for christening Jesus upon his ordainment to Christianity.
Also referred to as the “Basilica of Agony”, the Church of All Nations is located at the bottom of the Mount of Olives. This place is believed to be where Jesus Christ was seen praying for the last time before he was betrayed and captured by Judas and the Romans.
Last but not least, the Garden of Gethsemane, adjacent to the Church of All Nations is an amazing green spot. It is believed to be a garden of Biblical times. According to Christian belief, Jesus Christ and His disciples retreated to this garden after the Last Supper. Christ also gave his last sermon to his sudents in this garden.
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