There are fascinating churches scattered around the Holy Land and within the Holy City of Jerusalem
. The churches range from a variety of different Christianities, from Roman Catholic to Greek Orthodox Christianity. Whether a religious tourist or a historian, there are churches in Israel that worth exploring for their historical and cultural value. Here are several that are considered the most beautiful in Israel.
St. Peter’s Church, Jaffa
St. Peter’s Church, Jaffa
St. Peter’s Church is located in the heart of Old Jaffa near the beautiful beach and seashore of south Tel Aviv. This Franciscan church was built in 1894 during the period of the Ottoman Empire. Surrounded by the palm trees, the church is constructed with warm-colored bricks and is harmonious with the environment. With its fabulous architecture and history, St. Peter’s Church is definitely one of the most stunning churches in the Jaffa area.
St Peters Church, Jaffa
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is located in the Old City of Jerusalem, and is commonly regarded as the holy place where Jesus was crucified. Although the church is shared by several different sects of Christianity, it currently serves as the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Christianity Patriarch of Jerusalem. With its rich history of more than 17 centuries, the church contains magnificent cultural connections to the arts and literature, such as the Crusaders and marvelous mosaics that tell the story of Jesus’s crucification.
Church of Mary Magdalene
Unlike the Greek Orthodox churches, Russian Orthodox churches were built in Jerusalem. With its fabulous Eastern style, The Church of Mary Magdalene is one of the must-sees of different Russian Churches in the Holy City. The church was built by the Russian Tzar Alexander III to honor his mother in 1886. Influenced by the Russian architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries, the church was built in the traditional tented roof style. In addition, several influential people in pre-Soviet period of Russian history were also buried here.
Basilica of the Annunciation
Outside of Jerusalem, there are also plenty of Christian churches in the city of Nazareth, an Arab town in Israel famous for being the site where Jesus was born. Basilica of the Annunciation was built in 1969 at the site where many churches were built and then re-erected multiple times throughout history. The first shrine was built around the 4th century in the same location to commemorate a well where Mary, the Holy Mother, used to draw water from. Besides this church, the mosaic gallery is also available for tourists. This church belongs to and is administered by the Franciscans.