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Photo gallery: The places where Jesus walked + what they look like today

While thousands of years have passed since Jesus Christ lived on the earth as a mortal man, many of the cities and sites where He walked, taught, and performed miracles are still inhabited and well-documented as holy and sacred ground. Every year, millions of tourists and religious pilgrims travel to these places to worship and experience some of the same sights, cultures, and environments the Savior may have observed as well. But for those of us who can’t physically travel to the Holy Land and wonder where the Savior may have walked, these 13 beautiful photos and accompanying scriptures may help bring the stories of the Savior’s mortal ministry to life.

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The western shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Mark 1:16—Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
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The sea at Capernaum.
John 6:16-1716 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, 
17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.
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Excavated ruins of the Pool of Bethesda.
John 5:2-92 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
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The city of Nazareth at sunrise.
Matthew 2:23—And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
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A wide view of the city of Jerusalem.
John 12:12-1312 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
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The Judean Desert near Bethlehem.
Luke 4:42—And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.
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A view of Bethany from just outside Jerusalem.
John 11:1-41 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
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Ruins of the synagogue in Capernaum, the Apostle Peter’s hometown.
Mark 1:21—And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
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The shore of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) at Capernaum.
Matthew 15:29-3029 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.
30 And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them.
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An ancient olive press at Capernaum in the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Luke 7:1—Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
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View of Jerusalem with Mount of Olives cemetery on foreground
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View of Jerusalem with the Mount of Olives cemetery in the foreground.
Matthew 24:3—And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
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Ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Mark 14:32—And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
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The Garden Tomb, entrance to the tomb cut into the rock, outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Luke 24:1-61 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen.
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The western shore of the Sea of Galilee.
Mark 1:16—Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
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Editor’s note: Scholars have long debated the authenticity of the Garden Tomb site. In the March/April edition of LDS Living magazine, Latter-day Saint scholar Gaye Strathern said, “The Garden Tomb is an Iron Age tomb that predates the time of Jesus by several centuries. Sometimes tombs were reused, but Matthew’s Gospel says that Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus’s body from Pilate, ‘wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock.’ (Matthew 27:57–60; see also John 19:38–42). Mark and Luke do not mention that it was a new tomb. (see Mark 15:43–46; Luke 23:51–53)”

However, Strathern also said, “Although the Garden Tomb is probably not the actual tomb of Jesus, it is for me a spiritual oasis in both Jerusalem and in my mind and heart.”

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