Biblical Israel tours won’t be complete without visiting the Holy City of Jerusalem. Considered a sacred place for different religions, Jerusalem holds numerous sites of religious significance. But if you are after biblical sites only, you can narrow down your list to major sites that are archeologically and historically true based on the Bible alone since many have been added to the list which lacks biblical support or even contradict what’s written in the Bible. Still, visiting Jerusalem is a must-have in biblical Israel tours. Let’s check the major biblical sites below.
Golgotha, also called Calvary, is where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Golgotha, in Hebrew, means ‘the skull’ and a hill with a cliff face whose rock indentations and protrusions look like a human skull can be found outside the Damascus Gate near the Old City of Jerusalem. This place is believed to be where Jesus was crucified as supported by the Bible in Matthew 27:33 and Mark 15:22, called as the ‘Place of a Skull’ in these scriptures.
Also known as the Siloam Tunnel, is an underground waterway that’s been dug as ordered by King Hezekiah of Judah. The creation of the tunnel aims to secure water for Jerusalem and deny water to King Sennacherib’s army. Here you can also find the Shiloah Inscription that commemorates the construction of the tunnel. The construction and existence of the tunnel can be verified in 2 Chronicles 32:1-8 and 2 Kings 20:20. For those planning to include Hezekiah’s Tunnel to their biblical Israel tour of Jerusalem, touring the tunnel will require preparation since it would require going through narrow pathways, 3-feet deep water, dark and low ceiling tunnels and so on. Contact us to learn more about Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
Also known as the Western Wall, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Israel. Hence, most biblical Israel tours include visiting this site. The “Wailing” Wall got its name due to the Jewish visitors wailing at the wall to lament over the loss of Jerusalem. Today, people visit the wall to offer prayer requests written in a paper to be inserted on the crevasses of the wall. As for biblical significance, the Western Wall is the western facade of the foundation of the Second Temple of Jerusalem.
Mount of Olives
Mount of Olives is a hill east of Jerusalem. Technically, this place is already outside Jerusalem but heading there only takes less than an hour. Jesus of Nazareth along with his disciples when to this place in several events in the bible such as when Jesus wept over Jerusalem and when Jesus, after the resurrection, ascended to heaven.
Biblical Israel tours often feature these sites in Jerusalem. If not, consider visiting these places and see where exactly these biblical events occurred in Israel. Contact us to get help from our season tour guides and know about other authentic biblical sites you can visit.