The Hagia Sophia situated in the Old City of Istanbul has served as a major landmark for centuries visited by millions of tourist including pilgrims touring on the popular Footsteps of St. Paul, Seven Churches of Asia Minor, and Holy Land and Istanbul Christian tours.
Mount Zion, also written as Sion, in the Old Testament became a symbol and metaphor for the Promise Land, the Land of Israel. In the New Testament Mount Zion metaphorically is referred as the heavenly Jerusalem, God's eternal holy city.
Bethany is situated on the main road in the out-skirts of Jerusalem, which in the days of Jesus was a thriving city. According to Christian teachings, this is the same village mentioned in the New Testament as the site where Jesus stayed during his visits to Jerusalem. Some residents of Bethany even became Jesus followers, and the poor residents of the village is said happy received Jesus.
The impressive monastery and holy land destination, located west of Jericho, can be reached by a narrow road that runs from Jericho along the route of Wadi Qelt, or in way of the Jericho-Jerusalem highway until you’ll see a sign for the monastery.
The famous and scenic Church of the Beatitudes chapel stands a top of Mount of Beatitudes, constructed between 1936 and 1938 by the noted architect Antonio Barluzzi, and it honors the place where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, Matthew 6, Matthew 7,Matthew 8). You’ll visit this beautiful holy site during our 5th day of our signature Christian pilgrimage Holy Land Tour of Israel, and it’s often described by pilgrims as one of the more memorable moments when visiting the Holy Land.