Christian holy places to visit at Easter

Easter is a very special date for Christians, but it is also a good time to travel and get to know those sacred places of this religion.

Approaches the Holy Week, a holiday period and which is very important for those who profess the Christian faith. On such important dates there are many people who choose to to traveltaking advantage of the holidays, but without neglecting the traditions of their religion, and that is why they choose visit christian holy placesvery popular places to visit during Holy Week.

Here are some of them:

Nazareth

An Israeli city near the Sea of ​​Galilee, it is where Joseph and Mary lived, the putative father and mother of Jesus respectively, so it is full of biblical corners. The most imposing is the Basilica of the Annunciation, located in the place where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the virgin. You can also find the Church of San José, built on top of old churches that were built on the site where José would have his carpentry workshop, and the Basilica of Jesus Adolescente, a huge church built in an area where it is said that lived the young Jesus Christ.

The visit to this city is completed with Nazareth Village, an open-air museum that represents what life would be like in this town two millennia ago, at the time when Jesus lived. He also leaves from Nazareth the Gospel Waywhich passes through other corners where this historical figure lived, such as Magdala or Tabgha, until reaching Capernaum, the ruins of an old fishing village on the shores of the Sea of ​​Galilee.

Belen

Christian tradition marks the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Belen, a town ten kilometers from Jerusalem that today is within the limits of the West Bank region. In a troubled area, tourism is the main source of income for Bethlehem, thanks to those who come mainly to see the Basilica of the Nativity, one of the largest Christian churches in the world and that guards the portal of Bethlehem, that grotto in which Christ was born. Near this Basilica is the Milk Grotto, a place where Joseph, Mary and the newborn hid on their flight to Egypt and where the Marian devotion of Good Milk is venerated.

Jerusalem

The gospels center the Passion of Christ in Jerusalem, and that is why thousands of people flock to this city during the Holy Week festivities. Jesus entered the city the Gate of the Lions and he died crucified on Golgotha, where many arrive following the same path that he did carrying the cross, the Via Dolorosa. That is where the Church of the Holy Sepulcherof great significance and importance for the Christian religion and a center of pilgrimage since the 4th century.

The mount of olives It is another of the most popular places for Christians, since there are sacred places such as the Basilica of the Agony, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Tomb of Mary, the Church of Mary Magdalene, the Chapel of the Ascension… Very close, in it Mount Zionthere are other sacred places such as the Hagia Maria Abbey or the Cenacle, place of the last supper.

Rome

Of course, Rome is the holy city for Christianity and the Italian capital becomes even more crowded with tourists during the Easter holidays. Apart from a visit to the Vatican and the main churches of Rome, the moments that you cannot miss are the Via Crucis of the torcheswhich starts from the Colosseum and reaches the Palatine Hill, and the massive Easter Sunday massin Saint Peter’s Square.

Photo | Flickr – Jorge Lascar

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