The Chapel of the Ascension in the Mount of Olives is situated where Jesus is believed to have ascended to heaven, however all that is left is a small octagonal-structure in an area that ones was part of a large Christian church complex , which after became a monastery, and is today an Islamic mosque that is controlled by Islamic authority.
Rachel’s Tomb is identified by all three major religions; Christian, Jewish & Muslim as the burial site of Rachel, the biblical matriarch wife of Jacob, mother to his twelve sons whom died giving birth to their son Benjamin (Genesis 35:16-19). In the New Testament Rachel’s misfortune implies as a type of prophecy of the death of the helpless babies killed by King Herod (Jeremiah 31:14, Matthew 2:16-18).
Bethlehem the birthplace of Jesus offers a spiritually rewarding experience to Christians traveling to the holy land. The Palestinian city located in the West Bank is home to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, although the size of the community has dwindled due to emegration. The city also known as Beit Lahm, Beit Sahur, Bet Lehem, Betar, Beth-Lehem, and several other names as well as the “City of David” since the Hebrew Bible identifies it as the city David was from and where he was crowned as the king of Israel.