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St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian: San Pietro in Vaticano), also called the New St. Peter’s Basilica is perhaps the most famous basilica of all located in Vatican City, an enclave of Rome. The Basilica was erected on the traditional site where St. Peter the apostle, whom is also considered the first Pope, was crucified and buried. The tomb of St. Peter is located under the main altar. The edifice - known as the church of the popes is a major Catholic Holy Land tour site, and the final resting place for many Popes.
Magdala also called Dalmanutha is located in the Sea of Galilee, a major 1st century port, and a focal point of exchange and trade, known for Mary Magdalene being born in this wealthy trading and fishing center (Mark 8:10 ; Matthew 15:39 , Luke 8:2 ). The port was a major exporter of salted fish to business sectors as far away as Europe. Archaeological discoveries in the 21st century have made it a Israel Christian pilgrimage tour destination.
The medieval fortress, and an ancient citadel is located near the Jaffa Gate known as the "Tower of David," a national treasure of great historical and archaeological significance to Israel, and a historical entrance to the Old City, a symbol of Israeli patriotism for generations, and a wonderful “thing to do” on your Israel tour.
With the exception perhaps for the itinerary programs of pilgrimage groups with specialized interests, or pilgrim groups comprised of those that have visited Israel many times, nearly all holy land Israel itineraries will include basic pilgrim travel components: Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa, the Galilee and the Sea of Galilee; Nazareth and Bethlehem.
A trip abroad requires planning. Here you’ll find several things to consider when preparing for a safe trip to Israel as well as other destinations you may visit around the world.
For those traveling to Israel whom want to visit Bethlehem, you’ll need to carry your passport, however crossing from Bethlehem from Jerusalem, and back is not a difficult matter, especially since the terminal between the two cities has been upgraded by establishing convenient lanes for tourists moving between them.