NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 25


All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites.

See the bottom of the post for the answer.

CLUE #1

Pictured below, the Church of the Nativity is built on the site, which tradition holds to be the birthplace of Jesus. It’s the oldest church in the Holy Land still in use. Construction began in the year 326, based on the local tradition that Jesus was born in a cave on the outskirts of the village. According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph and the heavily pregnant Mary traveled 70 miles from their home to Bethlehem to take part in a census.

 
CLUE #2

The church below is built on one of the traditional sites of the Annunciation, the home of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth. The angel Gabriel appeared to the young Mary and announced that she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit. The church pictured is a modern structure, built on the remains of Byzantine and Crusader era churches. Although possibly born elsewhere, Jesus spent most of his life in this town in the northern region of our mystery country. Nearby, another church stands on the traditional site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop, where Jesus worked before beginning his ministry.

Church of the Annunciation photo on the left by Mordagan; Nazareth photo, bottom right, by Dafna Tal, both photos courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

Church of the Annunciation photo on the left by Mordagan; Nazareth photo, bottom right, by Dafna Tal, both photos courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

 

CLUE #3

When Jesus was 30 years old, he left Nazareth and settled in the village of Capernaum, about 30 miles away. The village sits on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which is actually a fresh water lake, known locally as Lake Kinneret. Several of Jesus’ disciples lived in Capernaum. The synagogue pictured below post-dates Jesus but is built on remains of a synagogue where he certainly preached.

Photos by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

Photos by Itamar Grinberg, courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

Can you name that country?

 

Find the answers below.

Find the answers below.

This week’s mystery country is ISRAEL.

Clue #1 – the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
Clue #2 – the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth
Clue #3 – Capernaum

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