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Orlando’s Holy Land

By Linda Tancs

Time traveler wannabees, take note.  The Holy Land Experience will take you back over 2000 years to ancient Jerusalem.  This theatrical and historical experience on Vineland Road in Orlando, Florida features the Via Dolorosa, the road on which Christ carried the cross.  Atop the hill stand the crosses of Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified.   Other featured exhibits include the Dead Sea Qumran Caves, the Great Temple that once stood on hallowed Mount Moriah in first century Jerusalem and the traveling tabernacle that was the heart of worship for the children of Israel as they wandered in the desert following their exodus from Egypt.

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Something Old, Something New

By Linda Tancs

There’s nothing borrowed or blue about St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, but there is something old and new about it.  What’s new is the 60-plus million dollar renovation, timed to conclude (in substantial part) with the church’s 300-year anniversary.  Today’s cathedral, built over three decades, was completed in 1710.  Among the many recent improvements, the diocesan seat has been cleaned, repaired and restored both inside and out, the lighting and sound systems have been upgraded and the Grand Organ has had a facelift.   What’s old is the battered slab of stone left untouched at the west entrance, a memorial of sorts to a storied past begun three cathedrals ago in 604 AD that has since triumphed over the ravages of fire and war and celebrated weddings, funerals, birthdays, jubilees and a number of other remembrances, both imperial and ordinary.

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Little Town of Bethlehem

By Linda Tancs

It’s been said that Christmas time is the best time to visit Bethlehem. And considering that several denominations celebrate Christmas at times other than 25 December (6 January for Orthodox Christians and 18 January for Armenian Christians), there’s a window of opportunity to take part in the Mideast celebrations. Whatever your faith, consider taking in some of the processions and services around Manger Square and St. Catherine’s Church during this holiest of seasons. The Christian Information Centre has details for you.

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Getting Into the Travel Spirit

By Linda Tancs

Travel spirit takes on new meaning with spiritually-oriented vacations. No longer the exclusive domain of missionaries and other religious groups, faith-based travel is a multi-billion dollar industry offering pilgramages and packaged tours to sacred sites. Major tour operators like Globus have a division devoted exclusively to tours of holy sites in Israel and Italy. Other operators, like Christian World Tours, offer tours in Vatican City, France, Portugal and Spain. Are you ready for some divine inspiration?

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Solitary Confinement

By Linda Tancs

In 1732 German immigrant Johann Conrad Beissel sought out solitude in the Pennsylvania countryside in what is now Ephrata. There he established a reclusive retreat dedicated to the pursuit of spirituality, and the Solitary movement was born. The Solitary lived a monastic life dedicated to prayer and worship, eating a single evening meal off of the lands they tended. Although the last of the order died over a century ago and the lands sold to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Ephrata Cloister’s heritage is preserved at various houses and meeting rooms that can be toured on the property. The experience comes complete with guides in the white robes worn by members of the Cloister to hide their bodies. As the song goes, give me that old time religion. Or at the very least, as their website says, a quiet place to visit.

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Religious Theme Park in Argentina Draws Faithful

By Linda Tancs

Now 3 million-plus visitors strong, Tierra Santa (Holy Land) in Buenos Aires is a Christian-themed park offering a taste of Jerusalem in Christ’s time.  This $7 million dollar ode to religion was built in 1999 and boasts depictions of more than 30 biblical events, ranging from the creation of man and the exodus to Christ’s birth, death and resurrection.  The resurrection, in particular, is re-created throughout the day with an 18-meter statue rising towards the heavens to a recording of Handel’s Messiah.  In an effort to provide a multicultural experience, the park offers a mosque and a temple amidst statues and exhibits of popular and historical figures such as Gandhi, Martin Luther, Mother Theresa and Pope John Paul II.  The multicultural flavor extends to the food offerings as well, ranging from hummus to pizza.  Thankfully absent these days is the laser show, a spectacle discontinued after it interfered with air traffic.  Although it may be arguable whether it lives up to its moniker as the “Disney of religion,” in this plastic city of commerce, culture and history there’s surely a god for everyone.

Faith-Based Tourism Is Growing

By Linda Tancs

Today is All Souls Day, and so it seems only fitting to discuss faith-based tourism.  According to the World Tourism Organization, the faith-based travel industry is one of the fastest growing segments of the business, with one-third of each major demographic expressing interest in a spiritual-oriented vacation.   Want to learn more?  Visit the World Religious Travel Association at www.religioustravelassociation.com

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