Do you know religious tourism is considered one of the oldest ones? In earlier times, thousands of true believers were “obliged” to visit places sacred to their religion. Although purposes of religious tourism varied, many faithful wanted to touch the relics to heal themselves or their loved ones. Religious tourism is still popular today. However, one more purpose of such travel is no less spread: people are simply curious to see and touch history.
Considering the number of sacred places in Israel, tourism there attracts millions of believers. Here are relics of three great religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Even people who are far from any faith have heard of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth. Therefore, one should not be surprised to see the crowds that fill the streets of ancient cities of Israel not only on holidays but also on weekdays.
What’s Special About Religious Tourism?
Religious tourism in Israel is one of the most important areas of the country’s revenues, so tourists are always welcome in the country. The most significant dates for Christian religious trips are Christmas and Easter. A ten-day period is the optimal amount of time to visit sacred objects, to feel a part of history, and just feel the atmosphere of the sacred land. However, you are free to decide on how much time to spend in Israel. All tourists seek to see Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Mount Sinai, and Nazareth. These are the main points for any traveler. The path of Christ is among the most popular tourist routes. You can go along the road where the captured prophet was led to the high priest. You can also select Via Dolorosa, the Grieving Road, for your trip.
Among other places worth visiting by tourists is the Golden Dome mosque. By its very nature, the building is not a mosque because it is not intended for prayers. According to the legend, the monumental building was erected to mark the place where the cornerstone of the Earth is located. The cornerstone itself is a huge fragment of rock formed by a lightning strike at the time of the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad.
Another no less famous mosque is Al-Aqsa. Constructed in the VIII century, it survived many raids and cataclysms. All the adversity and invasions only strengthened it and attracted the attention of thousands of tourists. Nowadays, this is a huge house that is striking by its grandeur. It is covered with a grandiose black dome, with its underground rooms being also famous for their size.
The national currency of Israel is shekels; you will not be able to pay with dollars here. However, you can exchange USD for local currency in each exchanger. Nevertheless, it is advised to go to Israel with a VISA Classic plastic card or a special travel credit card. Through an ATM, you can withdraw money in local currency and pay with a bank card in restaurants and shops. In such a way, you do not waste local currency since it is necessary for trips in the metro, buses, and taxi.