Herodion (Herodium; the Mountain of the Franks), which has the appearance of an extinct volcano, has aroused the curiosity of researchers and tourist since the 5th century. It is situated on an artificial hill on the outskirts of the Judean Desert, 12 km south of Jerusalem and 6 km southeast of Bethlehem. The national park includes the ruins of a number of impressive palaces built by King Herod between 25 and 15 BCE. This impressive building project was meant to commemorate Herod's name and his victory over the last Hasmonean king, Antigonus II (Mattathias), and his men in 40 BCE. According to the famous historian Josephus, King Herod was buried in Herodion, however his grave has not yet been found by archaeologists, despite many excavations. Josephus' description of Herodion matches the archaeological finds at the site:
A truly breathtaking location in the Holy Land is Tabgha, a quiet cove on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee and the scene of many Gospel stories, such as the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes (Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:30-46, John 6:1-14). Today Christians touring Israel will find the Church of Multiplications that contains a beautiful mosaic of small loaves and fishes, marking the location where Jesus blessed the bread, a celebrated symbol since early Christians marked the site centuries ago.
Mount Tabor located in lower Galilee and sitting at the eastern end of the Jazreel Valley is a holy land destination famous with Christians as the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Rising 1,843 feet high it is referred in the Scriptures as a symbol of majesty and greatness. Jeremiah 46:18-19 “one will come who is like Tabor among the mountains.”