St. Peter

Jaffa, Israel

St. Peter's Church, a Franciscan church, is located in the ancient port city of Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv and the scene for many biblical and mythological stories. It is, perhaps, most known for being the location where tradition says Saint Peter raised Tabitha from the dead. Regular performances and Masses take place inside the church and is open to visitors daily.

Dormition Abbey

Jerusalem, Israel

Located just outside the Old City walls, this historic landmark, dating back to the 5th century where it was a basilica during the Byzantine Empire, can be spotted from most viewpoints in Jerusalem. Like most holy sites in the area, the church was destroyed and rebuilt over hundreds of years until the basilica in its final form was opened in the early 1900's. Tradition says that on this spot the Virgin Mary died, hence giving its name the "Basilica of the Assumption" (or Dormition).

Basilica of the Annunciation

Nazareth, Israel

Roman Catholic tradition says this is where the Annunciation took place. The basilica is rather large with two stories. The bottom-level shrine is estimated to have been built in the 4th century on what tradition says is the remains of Mary's childhood home. While the church was destroyed and rebuilt many times, the final basilica was built on the second floor in 1969 above the remains of different eras. Nations from all around the world have contributed pieces of art depicting the scene of the Annunciation.

Church of Mount of the Beatitudes

Sea of Galilee, Israel

Overlooking the Sea of Galilee, this Roman Catholic church is built on the site of Jesus's "Sermon on the Mount" as depicted in the famous Carl Bloch painting. Architecturally, the church is an octagonal shape which represents the 8 Beatitudes or blessings in the sermon. Visitors can perform inside the church followed by a stroll around the gardens before continuing on to their next overnight city.