The Holy City of Jerusalem is the most visited tourist attraction in Israel given the city’s rich historical and religious destinations making it the go-to place for biblical Israel tours. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city but it has a long history of invasions and even total destruction from the numerous empires that once fought in this sacred land. Learn about the history of Jerusalem as you visit the city which can be seen in the museums, archeological and religious sites and can also be tasted in the food tours. Moreover, praying in Jerusalem is one pilgrimage most Christians look forward to and most biblical Israel tours highlight praying in some of the holiest places in Jerusalem, check them out below.
Pray at the Western Wall
Most Christian pilgrims visit the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, to offer prayers. The Western Wall is considered holy because of its connection to the Temple Mount and it is the holiest place for the Jews where they are permitted to pray. Tourist and pilgrims are welcome to visit and pray at the wall. Many people leave written prayer notes and letters into the wedges and cracks of the wall. Most of the biblical Israel tours tend to include a visit to the Western Wall.
Pray at the Mount of Olives
Jesus of Nazareth went up to the Mount of Olives to pray before the crucifixion as written in Luke 22 of the Bible. The Mount of Olives is east of the Old City which is approximately 10 kilometers away from Jerusalem. You can also pass by Gethsemane, another biblical site, along the way to the Mount of Olives.
Pray in the Upper Room
The Cenacle, also known as the Upper Room in the Bible, can be found in the David’s Tomb Compound in Jerusalem. This is said to be the very room where the Holy Spirit descendent upon the disciples of Jesus when they gathered for prayer in the book of Acts. The Cenacle is open to the public and just like the disciples, pilgrims can do a short silent prayer when visiting.
Christian pilgrims looking for biblical Israel tours that include a visit to these places are highly recommended particularly if you plan to spend some time for prayer. Planning to visit Israel soon? Contact us to learn more about the places and faces of Israel.