Easter, commemorating the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, is the pinnacle of the Christian year for believers, says Israeli tour guide Jacob Firsel,  author of Go to Galilee: A Travel Guide for Christian Pilgrims.

Firsel helped ISRAEL21c compose a list of top 10 Christian sites with special significance for Catholics and Protestants celebrating Easter in the Holy Land. Jerusalem and the Galilee are the key areas of interest.

Easter Sunday falls on March 27 this year, while the Orthodox Easter is May 1. (Every four years, the dates coincide.)

Be sure to check out our list of top 10 Christian sites in the Galilee, too.


Christian Orthodox worshippers celebrating the Ceremony of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Photo by Gali Tibbon


  1. Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Revered by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Syrian Orthodox and Armenian Catholics as the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection, this landmark in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem encompasses the last six of the 14 Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa).