Walk in the footsteps of Jesus and other ways to bring the past to life

History is not just for historians anymore. Attractions all over the world invite visitors to experience the past. Dress up, get your hands dirty on archaeological digs and watch live re-enactments of war battles come to life before your eyes.

1. Jesus Trail


Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, literally. A 40-mile hiking trail in the Galilee region of Israel connects important sites from the life of Jesus with stunning views of the Israeli countryside.

The Jesus Trail begins in Nazareth and passes through Migdal, the town of Mary Magdalene and many other historical and religious sites.

After exploring Jesus' hometown of Nazareth, visit the cliffs of Mount Kedumim, or Mount Precipice. The mountainside is said to be the site of the attempt of an angry mob to throw Jesus over a cliff after his bold proclamation in the Nazareth synagogue in Luke 4:16-30.

Enjoy a panaromic view of the Jexreel Valley and Mount Tabor which is the next stop on the trail.

Mount Tabor, also known as the Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus is said to have spoken with Moses and Elijah. It was here he was walled "Son" by God and two churches sit on top of the mountain the commemorate the Transfiguration.

The Sea of Galilee is also not to be missed. The impressive harp-shaped body of water provides Israel with 50% of its drinking water and is a major fishing and agricultural hub.

Fifteen harbors from the time of Jesus have been discovered at the Kineret, as it is known in Hebrew and "St Peter's Fish," named for the temple tax Jesus ordered Peter to pay with a coin from the mouth of fish is a popular dish served to tourists in the area.

2. Battle of Gettysburg Re-enactment

235,000 people made their way to Pennsylvania this year to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Each year, thousands of re-enactors are hired to re-create the the most famous battle on American soil.

And this year was no different; 12,000 re-enactors, 135 cannons and 400 horses were brought together to please spectators at the annual event.

(Paul Witt)

3. Crofton Roman Villa

Discover what life was like for the Ancient Romans at Crofton Roman Villa in the London Borough of Bromley in England. Inhabited between 140 and 400 AD, the farming estate now runs special events throughout the year where visitors can learn about Roman culture and the history of the villa.

This August, the villa is hosting it's Growing Up as a Roman Child and Costumes and Horrible Habits Through The Ages where children will get the chance to dress up as Romans and and handle ancient artifacts.

(Crofton Roman Villa)

In previous years, Crofton has hosted events on Roman plats, Olympics and the ancient peoples' many gods. Visit their twitter account for more information.

4. Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial America comes to life at one of the most beloved living museums in the United States. Learn about the nation's founding and watch as inhabitants of the revolutionary city work hard to make history come alive.

Shop for 18th century-style fashions, taste George Washington's favorite dishes (hint: it involves cherries) and interact with colonial citizens.

(Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Va.)

5. In Guardia

Take a trip back to medieval times and watch the weekly inspection of the fort and garrison by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St. John at In Guardia in Malta.

A total of 70 re-enactors all dressed in pomp, show off their skills in a range of military drills from the era. The 45-minute show is held on most Sundays throughout the year.


Visit Malta.com to learn more about the history of In Guardia and watch the video below.