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The Shepherd's Guild

The Holy Land

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre



Grotto of the Nativity, Birthplace of Jesus Christ >

Grotto of the Nativity, Birthplace of Jesus Christ, under the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem


Church of the Nativity, Greek Orthodox, Bethlehem

In Jerusalen, points of historical and spiritual interests: Mount of Olives, Kidron Valley, the Eastern Gate, Pater Noster Church, Dominus Flevit where "The Lord wept", Gethsemane, The Church of All Nations, the Western Wall, the Western Wall Tunnels, St. Anne Church, the Via Dolorosa, the Pool of Bethesda, The Upper Room (Lord's Supper), Mary's Tomb, The Church of St. Stephens, King David Tomb, Jaffa Gate, Mount Zion, The Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls), the City of David, The Citadel (Tower of David), the Armenian Quarter, The Basilica of the Dormition (Latin), The Church of Saint Peter in Galicantu (Latin), The Church of Mary Magdalene (Russian Orthodox), The Church of the Ascension (& the Russian Orthodox Tower), The Chapel of the Ascension, the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Points of interest in Bethlehem, Beth Sahour, and other areas: Shepherds' Field, The Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto (Latin), Ein Karem (the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, the Church of St. John the Baptist (Latin), the Church of St. Lazarus in Bethany, The Tomb of Lazaus, the Church of the Visitation, Jericho, the Sycamore Tree of Jericho, St. Theodosius Greek Orthodox Monastery, St. Sabbas Greek Orthodox Monastery, the Monastery of Gerasimus of the Jordan (Greek Orthodox), the Monastery of the Temptation (Greek Orthodox), the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. George of Koziba, Dead Sea, and the Jordan River.

Of course the sites to the North: Nazareth, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth (Latin), the Wedding Churches in Cana (Greek Orthodox & Latin), Mount of Beatitudes where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount, Tabagha, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, the Church of the Twelve Apostles (Greek Orthodox) and Mount

Below PHOTOS: Bill Stathakis, Chair of The Shepherd's Guild in the Holy Land

Bill at Western Wall in Jerusalem Old City, August 2014

Bill in Jericho, August 2014

My new friend on the Mount of Olives, August 2014

At the Church of the Nativity
Bill at the Birthpalce of Christ in Bethlelem, August 2014

Bill at the Sycamore Tree in Jericho, August 2014