Summary: Many travelers go to the Middle East to experience religious history and pilgrimages. Read below to learn about the different sites.
The Middle East is home to a variety of ethnic groups, with its history dating back to ancient times. Among the ancient ruins and all the aspects of rich culture, the Middle East is the birthplace and spiritual center of multiple religions, including but not limited to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Some of the sites are close enough to walk to, but you might need another form of transportation while you’re visiting. Go to Amman to rent a car and easily drive around.
A Place For Pilgrimage
For the Christian traveler, the Ruins of Ephesus allows pilgrims to better understand the conception of the Gospel of John. Located in Turkey, visitors can also walk through the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is believed that Mary spent her last days. Also in Turkey is the Basilica of St. John, where visitors can honor the disciple of Jesus.
If you are looking for a Muslim pilgrimage, The Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia is a wonderful destination. It is located in the birthplace of the prophet Mohammad, and is visited by millions of travelers every year. Right behind the Great Mosque of Mecca is the Mosque of the Prophet, which was built by Mohammad himself.
Religious Tourist Sites
If you are not looking to go on a pilgrimage, but still want to experience religious history, Jordan is a great place to visit. It is the home of places like Mount Nebo, the Jordan River Baptismal Site, and St. George Church has a Mosaic Map of all biblical sites in the Middle East.
Before going on any trip, make sure to consult different travel sites to help plan. Tripadvisor has different places you can visit. Expedia has great hotel deals. And Monte Carlo Rent A Car, LLC has wonderful cars for you rent and drive around in.