Israel Tourism Unveils New Itinerary for Christian Holy Site Tours

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Israel beckons tourists to Virgin Mary sites

By Josh Lederman

January 11, 2011

Israel Ministry of Tourism - The Church of the Visitation (Catholic), Ein Kerem, Jerusalem


Israel is inviting tourists to retrace the footsteps of the Virgin Mary, officials said Tuesday, in the latest campaign to bring Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land.

A new itinerary developed by the Tourism Ministry helps tour operators plan pilgrimages to sites where the mother of Jesus Christ lived and traveled. They include her birthplace near Nazareth in northern Israel, as well as Mary’s Spring and the Tomb of the Virgin near Jerusalem.

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