Magdala – the crossroads of Jewish and Christian history was discovered in 2009. Mandatory archaeological tests required for building unearthed the only first century synagogue on the Sea of Galilee – one of only seven synagogues from this period in the world. The remains of the 2,000 year old city of Magdala, home of Mary Magdalene are still being uncovered and it is certain that Jesus visited and taught in this synagogue.
Original 1st Century
Boat Chapel in Duc In Altum
Magdala is a unique Holy Land site and home to the beautiful Duc In Altum, which provides a place for worship, mass, and prayer for all faiths.
This is a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. According to tradition, the church contains the two holiest sites in Christianity; the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as Calvary or “Golgotha”, and Jesus’ empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.
The tomb is enclosed by the 19th-century shrine, called the Aedicule (Edicule). The church proper contains the last four or five Stations of the Via Dolorosa (Road of Sorrows), representing the final episodes of Jesus’ Passion. It has been a major Christian pilgrimage destination since it was created in the fourth century, as the traditional site of the Resurrection of Christ.
The history of this church, it’s location, validity and current statues to the property can fill a book i am sure. To close – if you have a chance – visit it – you will be moved!
I recently spent a week in Israel, with most of the trip being a travel agent educational trip…meaning we covered more territory and saw more than the average visitor to Israel. Long days and lots of walking and it was totally worth it! I would love to go back and spend more time at any of the sites we visited.
I’m going to start my Israel posts with the last day of the trip – a visit to Haifa. Haifa is the city where my parents met and married while both of them were working at the US Consulate shortly after Israel became a state.
This building is Stella Maris Monastery (meaning Star of the Sea), on Mount Carmel and inside, enclosed as if a precious chest is the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This was built in 1836, over the ruins of an earlier church of the Byzantines times. It is the church where my parents were married.
Teresa Ann Constable & John Banyas
Below are pix as the Basilica of our Lady of Mount Carmel looks today.
Pictures from a river cruise i took last fall on the Danube – Budapest to Passau. Seven days aboard the AMACerto and what a wonderful cruise! The food, drink and of course, the scenery were all superb.
Long Island is one of the many out islands, or family islands, as they are called, of the Bahamas. Photos will paint the best picture of this island!
Coming into Stella Maris Airport – Long Island
Terminal building on left
Stella Maris Resort
Tidal pool at Stella Maris
Heading out to an uninhabited cay.
How much for this island?
Sandy Cay – YES!
In my happy place!
Stop for a swim. . .
Just another beach