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The Gospel Trail

The Gospel Trail

The Gospel Trail traverses the Galilee, a mountainous region in the northern part of the Land of Israel. In the south it borders the Jezreel Valley, with Beit She'an Valley, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley and the Hula Valley in the east, the Mediterranean Sea and the Zebulun Valley in the west and the Beit Ha-Kerem Canyon in the north, a canyon that separates and divides the Lower and Upper Galilee regions.

The climate of the Lower Galilee is Mediterranean, most of the region comprises of chalkstone and its eastern slopes towards the Jordan Valley rift are basalt. Most of the vegetation covering this region is Mediterranean flora with many oak trees.

The Gospel Trail is based on existing tour paths and most of it is within the Lower Galilee region, with the beginning of the Trail at Mt. Precipice near to the city of Nazareth, with the 63 kilometer trail ending at the Capernaum jetty on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. There are several secondary trails that branch off the main trail towards the settlement of Sepphoris (Zippori) in the Lower Galilee, towards Mt. Tabor and towards the city of Tiberius situated on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. There is a plan to develop additional secondary paths in the future.

The Gospel Trail is defined by the Ministry of Tourism as a "system of movement routes (walking, riding, driving, sailing) from the beginning of Christianity in the Galilee, close to the routes of movement Jesus Christ is presumed to have used in the Lower Galilee from Nazareth – his childhood village, to the north of the Sea of Galilee, his mission area, and is part of a branding project to encourage incoming tourism".

The expanse of the Gospel Trail is spread over areas of local, rural and urban authorities and includes various agricultural fields and orchards, as well as olive groves and vineyards. The Gospel Trail, which is comprised of several key sites along its route, has characteristic urbanized (such as Nazareth) and natural surroundings (along the path).

The local population is varied along the trail and all along and around it there are traditional businesses that deal in the processing and sale of agricultural produce, such as wineries and oil presses, traditional industries – various crafts and accommodation services that have recognized the trail as an engine for future growth of the region, and have begun advertising their businesses to visitors along the Gospel Trail.

The trail allows visitors to experience the panorama of valleys and hills through walking, to go back in time to when the Galilee was under the rule of the Roman Empire, and to get to know in-depth the fertile soil from which the Christian religion emerged.

The Gospel Trail is not marked by the regular trail markings but is marked with cairns made of basalt stones. The visual marking imprinted on the top stone is a colored anchor engraved underneath with the words "The Gospel Trail". A horizontal anchor marks the walking direction, like an arrow.


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