Holy Land

Jerusalem, Israel

The Holy Land Latin: Terra Sancta, Arabic: الأرض المقدسة al-Arḍ ul-Muqaddasah;) or Holy Lands (plural) is a generic term that usually refers to one or more countries in the Middle East region of the world that witnessed the origins and early history of three of the world's great monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

In order of size (and probable importance) to the traveller / pilgrim, countries associated with the term "Holy Land" are as follows:

Jewish Holy Land[edit]

Christian Holy Land[edit]

Entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem
  • Bethlehem — the town where Jesus was born, the City of David, who was the great King of Israel.
  • Nazareth — widely believed to be where Jesus spent his childhood and early adult life
  • Sea of Galilee — the area in which Jesus did much of his ministry
  • Jerusalem — historical capital of Israel, and also the place where Jesus spent the week leading up to his crucifixion, which took place just outside the city
  • Mount Sinai — in the Sinai desert of Egypt, home to the longest running Christian monastery, the Monastery of St. Catherine, and believed to be the Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments
  • Tiberias — on the Sea of Galilee, a good starting point for a bike ride around the sea or a trip to the Golan Heights
  • Al-Maghtas, Jordan — on the Jordan River, where Jesus was said to have been baptised by John the Baptist.
  • Jesus Trail

Islamic Holy Land[edit]

The holiest place in Islam is in Mecca

See also our article on the Hajj pilgrimage.

Also, shrines particularly holy to Shia Muslims are in:

Bahá'í Holy Land[edit]

See also[edit]

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