Photos of the Holy Land

The Church on Mount Tabor

The Church on Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor

The Old City of Jaffa — it would have looked something like this when Ignatius visited in 1523

The Old City of Jaffa — it would have looked something like this when Ignatius visited in 1523

The Port of Jaffa where Ignatius desembarked

The Port of Jaffa where Ignatius desembarked

A picnic area where I stopped to have lunch, take off my boots and read the Jesus Trail guide book.

A picnic area where I stopped to have lunch, take off my boots and read the Jesus Trail guide book.

A servant of the Franciscans drags Ignatius back from chapel of Ascension

A servant of the Franciscans drags Ignatius back from chapel of Ascension

I too place my foot there

I place my foot on the rock from which Jesus is supposed to have ascended leaving a footprint, as Ignatius did in 1523

The building which houses the stone from which Jesus ascended

The building which houses the stone from which Jesus ascended. Ignatius had to bribe his way in by giving the Muslim owners his knife and his scissors.

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

I was blessed to be able to Mass by the Sea of Galilee

I was blessed to be able to Mass by the Sea of Galilee

The steep descent from the Horns of Hattin

The steep descent from the Horns of Hattin

Looking back at Horns of Hattin which I have just descended

Looking back at Horns of Hattin which I have just descended

And there are peacocks walking around Capernaum and Tabgha

And there are peacocks walking around Capernaum and Tabgha

Peacock Mosaic — symbol of Jesus

Peacock Mosaic — symbol of Jesus

The ruins of an ancient synagogue at Capernaum

The ruins of an ancient synagogue at Capernaum

Looking back up Mount Arbel

Looking back up Mount Arbel

Looking back at the mountain I have just descended from Wadi Hamam

Looking back at the mountain I have just descended from Wadi Hamam

A stone altar at Tabgha

A stone altar at Tabgha

Tiberias on the other side of the lake

Tiberias on the other side of the lake

Another view of Mount Arbel across the lake

Another view of Mount Arbel across the lake

Mount Arbel with the Horns of Hattin behind

Mount Arbel with the Horns of Hattin behind

A fisherman on the Sea of Gililee

A fisherman on the Sea of Gililee

Early morning on the Sea of Galilee

Early morning on the Sea of Galilee

he path was paved today, unlike yesterday

he path was paved today, unlike yesterday

Pilgerhaus Tabgha

Pilgerhaus Tabgha

Part of the trail today was on a Roman road

Part of the trail today was on a Roman road

I will stay this evening at the Pilgerhaus Tabgha

I will stay this evening at the Pilgerhaus Tabgha

An easier par of the track (note the Jesus Trail markers)

An easier par of the track (note the Jesus Trail markers)

An Israeli man too my photo on the way down — note the sunhat and walking poles

An Israeli man too my photo on the way down — note the sunhat and walking poles

Not a difficult climb down, but potentially dangerous

Not a difficult climb down, but potentially dangerous

Occasional railings help

Occasional railings help

It's a long way down..

It’s a long way down..

Now to go down...

Now to go down…

A cave in the mountain in a carved door

A cave in the mountain in a carved door

Caves provide some shelter from the searing heat

Caves provide some shelter from the searing heat

The view from inside a cave on the way down Mount Arbel

The view from inside a cave on the way down Mount Arbel

Another view of the Sea of Galilee from Mt Arbel

Another view of the Sea of Galilee from Mt Arbel

The Sea of Galilee from the top of Mount Arbel

The Sea of Galilee from the top of Mount Arbel

The ruins of an ancient synaogue at Arbel

The ruins of an ancient synaogue at Arbel

An Israeli farmer proudly showing me his son

An Israeli farmer proudly showing me his son

The forces of Saladin and the Crusaders do battle under the Horns of Hattin

The forces of Saladin and the Crusaders do battle under the Horns of Hattin

Looking back at the Horns of Hattin where I have just descended

Looking back at the Horns of Hattin where I have just descended

Early in themorning I was greeted by sunflowers inn the fields

Early in themorning I was greeted by sunflowers inn the fields

The Sea of Galilee can be seen from the Horns of Hattin

The Sea of Galilee can be seen from the Horns of Hattin

Rocky terrain on the Jesus Trail

Rocky terrain on the Jesus Trail

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

Kibbutz Lavi Hotel

The kosher buffet in the dining room

The kosher buffet in the dining room

A spruced-up Massey Ferguson tractor on the outskirts of Cana like the ones I remember the dairy farmers driving in Eltham

A spruced-up Massey Ferguson tractor on the outskirts of Cana like the ones I remember the dairy farmers driving in Eltham

A welcome sign for the Jesus Trail

A welcome sign for the Jesus Trail

Which track to take?

Which track to take?

The track is rocky and uneven today

The track is rocky and uneven today

Salman Billan, (Suad's son), Michael and Suad Billan

Salman Billan, (Suad’s son), Michael and Suad Billan

Nagham Billan, Michael and Suad Billan, Nagham's grandmother and the owner of the Cana Guest House

Nagham Billan, Michael and Suad Billan, Nagham’s grandmother and the owner of the Cana Guest House

A stone water jar of the type used in Jesus' time

A stone water jar of the type used in Jesus’ time

The Sanctuary of Jesus First Miracle which is just in front of the Cana Guest House

The Sanctuary of Jesus’ First Miracle which is just in front of the Cana Guest House

The interior of the Sanctuary of Jesus First Miracle

The interior of the Sanctuary of Jesus’ First Miracle

A very welcome iced coffee in Cana at the end of my day's journey

A very welcome iced coffee in Cana at the end of my day’s journey

The track to Cana which is in the distance

The track to Cana which is in the distance

Looking back at the Muslim village of Mash'had

Looking back at the Muslim village of Mash’had

Orange and white stripes mark the Jesus Trail route

Orange and white stripes mark the Jesus Trail route

The morning was overcast — the weather was kind to me today

The morning was overcast — the weather was kind to me today

A Mosque at the top of the hill on the outskirts of Nazareth

A Mosque at the top of the hill on the outskirts of Nazareth

The track through Zeppori State Forest was rough and hard on my feet

The track through Zeppori State Forest was rough and hard on my feet

A scene which reminded me of Taranaki, my Province in New Zealand

A scene which reminded me of Taranaki, my Province in New Zealand

Farmlands and Eucalypts

Farmlands and Eucalypts introduced from Australia

Looking back at the old city of Nazareth— the Church of the Assumption is in the middle

Looking back at the old city of Nazareth— the Church of the Assumption is in the middle

Orange dots show the way

Orange dots show the way

Some of the 406 steps up out of the Old City of Nazareth

Some of the 406 steps up out of the Old City of Nazareth

Reception at the Fauzi Azar Inn

Reception at the Fauzi Azar Inn

Abuna Faraj Pilgrim House

Abuna Faraj Pilgrim House

The Amphitheatre at Sepphoris

The Amphitheatre at Sepphoris

The Mona Lisa of Sepphoris

The Mona Lisa of Sepphoris

The site of Archeological excavations at Sepphoris

The site of Archeological excavations at Sepphoris

Crusader Castle at Sepphoris

The Crusader Castle at Sepphoris

The Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem

The Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem

As Ignatius is expelled from the Holy Land, Christ appears to him (The Sacristy, Iglesia de San Pedro, Lima,Peru)

As Ignatius is expelled from the Holy Land, Christ appears to him (The Sacristy, Iglesia de San Pedro, Lima,Peru)

Ignatius and the First Companions make a vow to go to the Holy Land

Ignatius and the First Companions make a vow to go to the Holy Land

Map of Ignatius' sea voyage to the Holy Land

Map of Ignatius’ sea voyage to the Holy Land

Reuben depiction of Ignatius boarding the ship in Venice for the Holy Land

Peter Paul Reuben’s depiction of Ignatius boarding the ship in Venice for the Holy Land

Jesus' ministry around the Sea of Galilee

Jesus’ ministry around the Sea of Galilee

Galilee in the time of Jesus

Galilee in the time of Jesus

Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth

Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth

Elevation

Elevation

The Jesus Trail

The Jesus Trail

 

Fauzi Azar Inn

The Fauzi Azar Hotel in Nazareth

Greek Orthodox Monastery in the desert

A Greek Orthodox Monastery in the Judean desert

Mary and Jesus

Icon of Mary and Jesus at Nazareth

Mary's House 2

Excavations showing part of Mary’s house in Nazareth

Mary's House

Inside the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth—Mary’s house is behind the grill

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Our guide Fr Stefano Bittasi SJ  explaining how the monks go out into the desert from the Orthodox monastery

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The Judean desert

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A water channel in the desert

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The ruins of the ancient city of  Beit Shea’an

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Fr Stefano Bittasi SJ explains the amphitheatre at Beit She’an to our group

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The stage area of the amphitheatre at Beit She’an

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Another view of Beit She’an

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Stefano Bittasi SJ explaining the communal toilet system

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An explanation of the communal baths at Beit She’an

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A Christian symbol on a wall at Beit She’an

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Beit She’an was an extensive city

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Mosaics

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The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

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The view from the top of Mount Tabir

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The interior of the Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

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Michael SMith SJ, Ben Nebres SJ, Noel Barber SJ and Andre Gagnon SJ

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The interior of the church at the Benedictine Monastery at Tabgha

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Mosaics on the floor of the Benedictine Church at Tabgha

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More mosaics on the floor of the Benedictine Church at Tabgha

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The Sea of Galilee

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The Church of Saint Peter’s Primacy

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“You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church”

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Saint Peter’s house in Capernaum

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Dwellings in Capernau

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Growing bananas by the Sea of Galilee

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The supposed site of the healing of the Gerasene demonic

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The pigs plunged down this embankment to their deaths

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Mosaics on the floor of an ancient synagogue

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The rich farmland around the Sea of Galilee

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Andre Gagnon SJ, Noel Barber SJ, Stefano Bittasi SJ, Ben Nebres SJ and MIchael Smith SJ

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The interior of Mary’s house in Nazareth

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The United Nations is present on the border between the state of Israel and the West Bank

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Stefano Bittasi explaining to us about the paved road in Sepphoris

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Mosaics at Sepphoris

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Mosaics at Sepphoris

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More mosaics at Sepphoris

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More mosaics at Sepphoris

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Stefano Bittasi SJ, Noel Barber SJ and Ben Nebres SJ under the noonday sun at Sepphoris

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The Mona Lisa of Sepphoris

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Ba’hai Temple in Haifa

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Stella Maris Chapel in Haifa

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Stella Maris Chapel in Haifa

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Saying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary next tot the wall that separate Bethlehem from the State of Israel

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The saying the rosary beside the wall

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Saying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary next tot the wall that separate Bethlehem from the State of Israel

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A model of the city of Jerusalem at the time of Herod the Great — sharing the Temple

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The Israel Museum in Jerusalem

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An upper room at the Fauzi Azar Hotel in Nazareth

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Courtyard at the Fauzi Azar Hotel in Nazareth