Discover Israel: A Country of Many Faiths

Walk in the Paths of the Ancients

There is good reason why Israel is popularly referred to as “the Holy Land.” The State of Israel is home to numerous holy sites and pilgrimage spots of interest to people of all three major world religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – and other minority groups such as the Druze and the Bahai.

All across Israel, and especially in the capital city of Jerusalem, you will find synagogues, churches, temples and mosques, as well as other religious sites and attractions. Since visiting Israel is an integral component of many people’s cultural and religious traditions, it is no wonder that a trip to the Holy Land is often considered a dream come true.

For Jews, a trip to Israel means a trip to the Promised Land, as well as to their national homeland. Jerusalem – the capital city of the modern State of Israel, as well as the capital of King David during Biblical times and the site of the First and Second Temples – is of particular importance. For Christians, Holy Land tours mean visiting the birthplace of Jesus, as well the place of his crucifixion and resurrection. Muslims believe that it was in Israel that Muhammad ascended to the heavens, where he met the prophets of Islam, while people of the Baha’i faith believe that their prophet, Baha’’u’llah, was exiled to Israel.

To help you prepare for your much-anticipated trip to Israel, here are some of the most popular sites and attractions of interest to people of all faiths:

Jewish Tourist Attractions

  • Western Wall (the Kotel)
  • Western Wall Tunnels
  • Water Tunnels in the Old City
  • Ancient Cardo
  • Ramparts Walk (walk along the Old City walls)
  • Tower of David
  • Mount Herzel Museum
  • Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum
  • Mount of Olives
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel
  • Zfat (Sefad) Synagogues
  • Diaspora Museum (Beit HaTfutzot)
  • Mini Israel
  • Time Elevator
  • Masada
  • Israelite Temple of Arad

Christian Tourist Attractions

  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Church of the Nativity
  • The Way of the Cross
  • Last Supper Room near Mt. Zion
  • Nazareth
  • Bethlehem
  • Jericho
  • Sea of Galilee/Church of the Loaves and Fishes
  • Bethany (Tomb of Lazarus)
  • Capernaum
  • Mount Nebo
  • Mount of Beatitudes (site of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” where he named his twelve apostles)
  • Mount Tabor
  • Garden of Gethsemane

Islamic Tourist Attractions

  • l Aqsa Mosque
  • Dome of the Rock
  • Dome of the Chain
  • Madrasas of Jerusalem
  • El-Kas Fountain
    Islamic Museum
  • L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art
  • Mosque of Omar
  • Tomb of David

No matter what faith or religion you adhere to, Israel tours are sure to fascinate, educate, and entertain you throughout. Not only is the country steeped in ancient history and religion, but the modern State of Israel is brimming with museums, sprawling national parks, mouth-watering Middle Eastern delights, adventurous tours and hikes, thrilling amusement parks, captivating archeological sites, and breathtaking panoramic views.

Its diverse landscape means you can go skiing on top of Mount Hermon one day, go scuba diving in the southern resort city of Eilat the next, and proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on the face of the earth, for a rejuvenating mud bath or salty swim on the water. Add to this Israel’s warm climate, stunning beaches, and an endless list of things to do, see, taste, and experience for the whole family, and Israel “the country of all faiths” is second to none.

This is a guest blog post from Israel Tours

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