Nazareth  is the largest city  in the North district of Israel and is known as “the Arab capital of Israel”.  Nazareth has a population of about 60,000, of whom half are Arab Muslim and half are Arab Christian.

According to the New Testament, Nazareth is described as the childhood home of Jesus, and is a center of Christian Pilgrimages.

Basilica Of The Annunciation…

The modern Basilica of the Annunciation is built on the site believed to be Mary’s home, where the archangel Gabriel heralded the birth of Jesus. Inside on the ground floor level of the Basilica the Grotto of the Annunciation, which is supposedly Mary’s house.

We walked upstairs to find a surprisingly large light-filled upper church…

The Basilica’s beautiful dome can be seem throughout the city.

Saint Joseph’s Church...
The St. Joseph Church is built where, according to tradition, used to be the carpentry workshop of Joseph, father of Jesus. Some of the traditions also claim this was Joseph’s house.This church was built in 1914, on top of the cave thought to have been Joseph’s house.
Greek-Catholic Synagogue Church...
The Greek-Catholic Synagogue Church is built on the site of the synagogue where Jesus is believed to have preached at the beginning of his ministry.
Nazareth Bathhouse...
Located in what was originally supposed to be a jewelry shop, two local residents…

Elias, owner of the bathhouse and tour guide...

while doing the renovations, uncovered the historic remains of the only public bath house in Nazareth. The national department of antiquities declared that the remains were part of a 19th-century Turkish hammam (bath). The water for the bath, is believed to have come from Mary’s Well, located nearby, since it was the main available water source in those times.

Pipes brought hot water to the upper level from the furnace below.

Salesian Church Of Jesus The Adolescent..
This magnificent 80-year-old Gothic church is perched on a hilltop overlooking the old city of Nazareth.
We had to climb the steep, winding 250 stairs through Nazareth’s stone alleyways…
sometimes almost impassable…
to reach what is described as one of the largest and most beautiful churches in Nazareth. Unfortunately the Church was closed when we visited.  The church is located on the highest hill with beautiful views of the city below.

Greek Orthodox Church Of Saint Gabriel...

The Church of St. Gabriel stands over the town’s ancient water source. The original church was built there on the logic that the Annunciation story in the Bible mentions Mary filling a pitcher with water, and this was Nazareth’s only water source at the time. (see bathhouse)

Hence, the Orthodox believe that this was the spot where Gabriel appeared and not the and not the Basilica of the Annunciation. The present structure was built in 1750. At night, the Church is dressed up in festive lights.

The White Mosque…

The White Mosque is the oldest mosque in Nazareth  and is located in Harat Alghama or the “Mosque Quarter” in the center of Nazareth’s Old Market. Its  sleek minaret,  cream-colored walls, green trim and green dome are just one example of the Ottoman  architecture common throughout the city.
Is it me…
or is this the only place where Sammy Davis Jr. is allowed to cross the street?

6 thoughts on “Nazareth…

  1. Wonderful pictures and descriptions, you two have out done yourselves. Can’t wait to see you again and hear more about all your adventures (and the food)!.

  2. Dear Eileen and Ellery,
    I am both happy and sad that your travels through Israel are coming to an end. I have walked silently with you on your journey, and can’t tell you how many times I have looked at your pictures and quietly uttered….wow. It has been an amazing trip, you are very blessed and fortunate to have taken it together. Thank you for sharing it with those of us who could not join you. I look forward to speaking with you upon your return, Eileen I think you said you were going to try to get out to Seattle some time March-April.
    Have a safe trip home.
    Fondly, Valerie

    • Thanks so much Valerie. Eileen and I have enjoyed sharing our journey with our friends. It’s been a hoot on so many levels.
      I look forward to meeting you out West.

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