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The parish office for pilgrim and tourist pastoral care and the staff in the guest care of our house are happy to arrange contacts or to help with the planning of excursions, devotions, etc. You can find the parish office on the Internet at www.avzentrum.de
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Parish Office for Pilgrimage and Tourist Pastoral Care: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Walk in Jesus’ footsteps
His birthplace, the city where he was crucified and of course The Via Doloroza – An interesting tour in Jesus’ footsteps from Galilee through Jerusalem to Dead Sea
The birthplace of Jesus Christ is a must see for pilgrims wishing to walk in his footsteps and visit the milestones of his life. Dozens of pilgrimage sites are spread throughout Israel, around half of them in the vicinity of Jerusalem, and another third in the Galilee, mainly in Nazareth and around the Sea of Galilee. The classic pilgrimage itinerary includes at least four days in Jerusalem and a couple of days in Tiberias. Another popular area among pilgrims is the Dead Sea, with a visit to Masada and to the caves at Qumran. Here are some of the major sites you really don’t want to miss on a pilgrimage to Israel.
Jerusalem and the surrounding areas
The Way of Sorrows is the path that Jesus walked after sentencing, on his way to the crucifixion. The Via Dolorosa starts at the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, and ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Along the way are the 14 Stations of the Cross, each commemorating a significant event in the Passion of Christ, with five of these Stations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre complex.
This is where Jesus prayed the night before he was turned over to the Romans and crucified. On the slopes of Mount of Olives, the garden harbors the Church of all Nations, and next to it is the Tomb of Virgin Mary, the traditional burial place of the Mother of Christ.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City is where Christ was crucified, buried and resurrected. This is one of the most venerated sites in Christendom, and a major pilgrimage destination. The site has been identified as Golgotha (or Calvary), the hill mentioned in the New Testament as crucifixion site. The church complex holds five of the 14 Stations of the Cross, the last places Jesus has walked, and inside are chapels and rooms with various objects associated with Christ, including the Stone of Anointing, where his body was cleansed and anointed after the deposition and right before burial.Church of the Nativity
This church in Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem (in the West Bank), was built over a cave known as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. You can go down the steps into the cave, where you will see an altar and a silver star, marking the exact place of the nativity. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the original church was built on this very spot in the fourth century A.D.
Nazareth and the Galilee
Church of the Annunciation
According to Christian tradition, the church was built over Mary’s house, where the Mother of Christ was visited by the Archangel Gabriel, announcing she will bear the Son of God. The late Pope John Paul II prayed here on his visit to Israel in 2000, and Pope Benedict XVI also visited the church in 2009. It is built on two levels, each distinctively designed, and its lofty position makes it quite visible from all parts of town.
The well is set inside a small church on Spring Square (Kikar Hamaayan), in the center of Nazareth. According to some Christian denominations, this is where Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear the Son of God, while she was drawing water from the well.