Excursion «8. Bethlehem and Orthodox Jerusalem»

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Due to this excursion you can visit places, which connected with history of Christianity.

In Bethlehem:

The Church of the Nativity, also Basilica of the Nativity, is a basilica located in Bethlehem.The grotto it contains holds a prominent religious significance to Christians of various denominations as the birthplace of Jesus. The grotto is the oldest site continuously worshipped in Christianity, and the basilica is the oldest major church in the Holy Land.

The most important shrine of the temple is the icon of Smiling Virgin Mary and 14 Pointed Star. 

In Jerusalem:

The Gorne-Uspensky Convent is located in Ein Karem. Ein Karem is an ancient village of the Jerusalem District and now it is a neighbourhood in southwest Jerusalem and the site of the Hadassah Medical Center

The Church of Mary Magdalene is a Russian Orthodox church located on the Mount of Olives, near the Garden of Gethsemane in East Jerusalem.

*Note: A foreign passport is mandatory on this tour because of visiting Bethlehem (Palestinian autonimy).

*Note: Modest clothing is required for men and women.

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Jerusalem is not only the capital of modern Israel, but also a city which, for many centuries, has been the "center of the world" for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

No other city on the planet can  compare with it, because only Jerusalem has such a rich spiritual and historical attraction.

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Modern Bethlehem is located on the territory of the Palestinian Authority. The main population is Muslim Arabs and a small part of Christian Arabs. The main income of Bethlehem is the flow of tourists. Christian pilgrims from all over the world come to this city, the place where Jesus Christ was born. Every Christmas in Bethlehem Christmas masses are held snd the masses are broadcast around the world. The main shrine of the city is a silver star in the cave of the Church of the Nativity of Christ, which marks the place where Jesus was born. In this temple there is a miraculous icon of the smiling Mother of God, the cave of the Beaten Babies.

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The Church of the Nativity of Christ was erected in Bethlehem above the cave where Jesus was born. Divine services at the Nativity Church have not practically interrupted since the Early Byzantine era. The modern building of the Church of the Nativity is the only Christian temple in Palestine, preserved from the pre-Muslim period.

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Among the dense and luxuriant vegetation of Gethsemane  the Orthodox church of Mary Magdalene stands majestically.  It is made in the true Russian style. 
One Throne Church Mary Magdalene was erected at the end of the nineteenth century by order of Alexander III. The emperor gave the order to build a temple in memory of his mother - Empress Maria Alexandrovna. A few years after the construction of the temple was consecrated - during the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia.
As a result of excavations by archaeologists, parts of structures wgich was mentioned more than once in the Bible were discovered in the temple.
The church has seven domes, inside is lined with snow-white marble, and its walls are painted with brushes by famous artists, including Sergey Ivanov and Vasily Vereshchagin.

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Russian Orthodox Ascension Monastery stands on the Mount of Olives.
At the entrance to the Church of the Ascension, you can see the most important shrine of this place - the stone of the Virgin (it is believed that standing on it  Virgin watched the Ascension of the Lord).
Located in the monastery, the bell tower of John the Baptist (sixty-four meters in height) has an observation deck. Climbing up the many steps to the top of the bell tower, the gaze offers a breathtaking view of Jerusalem. This bell tower is the highest point of the Mount of Olives. Back in the twentieth century, archaeologists during excavations in the monastery discovered mosaics, various utensils, as well as a bust of Herod the Great. The monastery is interesting for tourists as a historical, religious and archaeological site.

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Four kilometers from Jerusalem in Ein Karem is the Gornensky Convent - one of the most visited tourist attractions.
It is believed that the monastery was built on the spot where the Virgin brought the message to the mother of St. John the Baptist about the upcoming birth of Christ. A source is visible near the monastery - from it the Mother of God gathered water.
The main church in the monastery is the Kazan Church - here is the famous Kazan icon of the Virgin. Near the church lies a stone - it is believed that John the Baptist read sermons, sitting on it.
There is a church shop in the monastery where every tourist can buy something interesting as a keepsake.
The territory of the monastery is neat and tidy: there are many plants and flowers, paths and benches. This is a place where it is cozy and calm, a place where everyone can relax their souls from everyday fuss.

Условия отмены заказа: При отмене туристом экскурсии менее чем за 2 дня – неустойка 100%, при переносе – 50%, если не куплена страховка от невыезда.

  • Опоздавшим и не вышедшим на экскурсию деньги не возвращаются.
  • За утерянные вещи фирма ответственности не несет.
  • Не принимаются заявки на экскурсии для детей младше 5 лет
  • Ответственность за наличие индивидуального страхового полиса ложится на туриста.
  • Возможно ожидание туристами автобуса до 30 минут.
  • Возможны незначительные изменения маршрута.
  • Компания оставляет за собой право менять время выезда, о чем накануне сообщается туристу.
  • Нет указания мест в автобуcе. Посадка и высадка  осуществляется только в назначенных местах.
  • Посещение святых мест разрешено только в скромной одежде (плечи и колени  закрыты).
  • ВНИМАНИЕ! Въезд на территорию Вифлеема (Палестинская автономия) гражданам Израиля запрещен. Необходим НЕ израильский загранпаспорт.
  • Уровень физической нагрузки: 5/5.

Рекомендуем: брать с собой на экскурсию питьевую воду, головной убор, солнцезащитные средства, удобную обувь.

В стоимость поездок не входит и оплачивается на месте: питание, если не куплено дополнительно.

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