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Nazareth

The city of Nazareth is the cradle of Christianity where, according to tradition, the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as being the place where Jesus spent his childhood and youth.

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Location & History…

Basilica of the Annunciation

Nazareth, in the lower Galilee, is located in the heart of a valley surrounded by mountains that embrace several of the most important Christian sites in the world. This is a city of religion and faith, of spirituality and holiness, but also a city with a rich history, fascinating archaeology, modern culture and Middle Eastern charm.

Nazareth, which began as a small Jewish village about 2,000 years ago, became a stronghold of Christianity in the Byzantine period, just a few hundred years later. During that period the name of Nazareth spread far and wide, and the yearnings to see the place where the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ had lived turned the city into a popular pilgrimage site. These visits led to the building of the city’s first church - the Church of the Annunciation at the traditional site of Joseph and Mary’s home.

Many more churches have been built throughout the city, and were destroyed and rebuilt with the changes in Muslim and Christian rule over the centuries. In the 19th century Nazareth attracted renewed interest and Christians returned to live in this city and rebuilt churches and monasteries. Today Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel and has about 30 churches and monasteries, as well as mosques and ancient synagogues.

Places of Interest...

Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation
A tour of Nazareth is like reliving its various periods. Every era left behind it a powerful symbol that became a delightful and popular tourism site in the modern era. Most of the sites are concentrated in the Old City, built in the mid-19th century in a charming Middle Eastern architectural style. A walk through the narrow streets, between the picturesque houses, is an amazing experience and it is worth walking slowly to enjoy their beauty.
 
There are many ancient churches in the Old City, with the Church of the Annunciation heading the list. The rebuilt church retained parts of the previous churches, from the Crusader and Byzantine periods. The church also houses an impressive collection of paintings.

Right next to this church is the Church of Saint Joseph, built on the ruins of agricultural buildings where, according to tradition, Joseph, Mary’s husband, had his carpentry shop. While the Church of the Annunciation was built on the site of Mary’s home, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation is built over Mary’s Well, from which Jesus mother is said to have drank. This is a structure from the Crusader period and has some interesting frescoes.
 
Next to Mary’s Well is the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, inside a Crusader hall. According to tradition this is the location of the synagogue in which Jesus prayed.
 
Among the many other churches in Nazareth are the Mensa Christi Church, the Maronite Church, St. Gabriel’s Church and the Silesian Church. The Old City also has important buildings from the Ottoman period, including the Saraya, or Government House, built by Daher el Omar, the governor of the Galilee in the 18th century, and the White Mosque, which is used today as a house of prayer and an education and culture centre. The White Mosque also houses a museum with exhibits that document Nazareth’s history.

Markets...

Nazareth Markets ​No tour of Nazareth’s Old City would be complete without a visit to the local market, which has become a popular and well-known attraction thanks to the colourful stalls and the variety of merchandise. In the market you can enjoy a visual feast of fashionable fabrics, taste the spices and local foods, and buy artwork and souvenirs. All the sounds, sights, smells and flavours promise an authentic Middle Eastern experience.

More to see...

Nazareth Village
Nazareth is full of fascinating and lovely corners that will open your heart to their beauty. Another place that is worth visiting during a walking tour is the Nabi Sain ridge promenade to enjoy the marvellous view of the Galilee. You can visit the ancient Turkish bath house discovered during renovations to one of the city’s stores; take a peek at a fancy manor house with a display of the riches and customs of the Ottoman upper class in the 19th century, including some amazing frescoes. Also worth visiting is the Greek Orthodox bishop’s house, where you can walk through a series of underground passages discovered in the courtyard. Another interesting site is the compound built by the Russians as a hostel for pilgrims.
 
Nazareth Village is a unique tourist attraction for children as well as adults. The Village, which was opened after much research, recreates the way of life as it was in Nazareth at the time of the Roman Empire, and shows daily life as Jesus would have experienced it. In the Village you can learn about ancient agricultural techniques; how buildings were constructed; what people wore; how they ate and much more. http://nazarethvillage.com/home.php

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Nazareth at Christmas
Nazareth offers a variety of accommodation, from Christian hostels to 5* luxury hotels - all for the comfort of the tourists who throng to this important city.

Nazareth is glorious during Christmas, when the city is decorated for the holiday and the festive spirit enhances the holy atmosphere.
 
Further information can be found by clicking on this link:
http://www.nazarethinfo.org/
 

 Sites & Attractions

 
A Catholic-Greek church built in 1877 in the heart of the market in Nazareth. According...
Ecclesiastical complex on top of Mount Tabor, identified by Christians as the place whe...
Visitors step into the Bible and experience Nazareth as it during the time of Jesus and...
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Prehistoric Museum of the Khula Valley, displaying prehistoric utensils and remains of ...
 

 Accommodations

 
The Fauzi Azar Inn is a 200 year-old Arab mansion turned guest house, in the heart of...
The Rimonim Ha'Maayan Nazareth Hotel preserves the character of this historic city as t...
The Grand Beach is the perfect hotel for a vacation or business trip. Located literally...
The 66 roomed hotel is opposite the Golden beaches  of Bat Yam- overlooking the Mediter...
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