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Nazareth’s Old City is a wonderful example of a Mediterranean mountain town. To make sure it stays that way, Arie Rahamimoff’s team has identified architectural and historical assets that should be preserved. One of them, at the foot of the ridge, is a large concentration of traditional two-storey houses of Galilee stone, with tile roofs, patios, and inner courtyards.

Most of them were built in the 1800s or the early 1900′. Halfway up the steep slope, where construction is less dense, are houses built in the early 1900′ and later. To properly preserve and develop this area, creative ways to cope with the sharp incline must be found. On the upper part of the slope and spaced even more widely apart are massive modern edifices with concrete frames and columns. Here, an effort must be made to avoid damage to the landscape that can result from further construction. The buildings atop the ridge, including the Salesian Monastery and the St. Gabriel Hotel, give the city its distinctive silhouette.

Nazareth’s numerous religious and public buildings stand out in the urban fabric. Most of them are from earlier centuries. These buildings are largely constructed in the Gothic or neoclassical style, and surrounded by beautiful, extensive gardens, a sizable yard, towers, and turrets.

Places of Interest in Nazareth

Places of Interest in Nazareth

1. BASILICA OF THE ANNUNCIATION, CHURCH OF ST. JOSEPH CARPENTRY COMPLEX Imposing modern two storey Basilica, erected over earlier Byzantine & Crusader church, marks the traditional Roman Catholic site of the Annunciation. The interior enshrines the sunken Grotto of the Annunciation - actual remains of the 1st century maiden home of Mary. 2. CHURCH OF STJOSEPH'S CARPENTRY Situated in the same complex as the Basilica of the Annunciation. Traditionally the original workshop of Joseph and Home of the Holy Family, it contains ruins of 1st century Nazareth. 3. SISTERS OF NAZARETH CONVENT Close to Annunciation complex, housing Youth Hostel and religious hospice, with 1st century excavations including Herodian Tomb (by appointment only). 4. ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE & GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH Within the marketplace is a humble structure of thick, curved stone walls (known as the Synagogue Church) that is the site of the ancient synagogue where Jesus preached as a young man. It stands adjacent to the Greek Catholic church. 5. THE WHITE MOSQUE - EL ABYAD The El Abyad mosque , situated at the edge of the Old Market, was the first to be built in Nazareth in 1812. 6. ANGLICAN CHURCH (Jesus' Church) Designed in the shape of the cross this was the second Anglican church to be built in the Holy-land. Completed 1871. 7. SOURCE OF MARY'S WELL st. GABRIEL GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION The crypt of this ornate 18th century church houses a 1st century spring of water believed to be the source of Mary's Well. The spring is connected to the site of the Well by an underground aqueduct. 8. MARY'S WELL Opposite the St. Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church a modern stone structure in a small garden setting marks the site of Mary's Well. 9. St. MARGARET (Hospice) Anglican orphanage for girls, built in 1874 by Prussian architect. 10. MASCOBIA Russian hospice for pilgrims, built in 1904 by the Russian Duke Sergio, near St. Gabriel Church - influenced by Russian Architecture. 11. GREEK ORTHODOX BISHOPRIC The house of the Bishop, built in 1860 and includes small church completed in 1863. 12. SARAYA The governor house -erected in 1 730 as summer house of the Galilee Governor Daher El-Omar - some addition had been done in 1857. (There is a plan to restore it to be as a Museum). 13. MARONITE CHURCH Also known as the Church of St. Anthony, and situated next to Mensa Christi, was completed in 1774. 14. MENSA CHRISTI (Jesus' Table) Known as Kniset El-Balta (Jesus's table). Here is said that christ dined with his disciples. This church houses a large chalk-stone rock scored with graffiti by countless pilgrims throughout the ages. It was erected in 1860 and belong to the Franciscans. 15. SALESIAN CHURCH OF JESUS AS AN ADOLESCENT Magnificent panoramic view from its site on the peak of the hill. Fine example of modern Gothic architecture. 16. MAQAM NABI SA'IN Shrine erected in the highest point of Nazareth, sacred to both Moslems and Christian were they use to vow. 17. THE OLD MARKET A bustling, colorful Middle Eastern bazaar near the Annunciation complex. 18. KAHN EL-BASHA The Pasha caravanserai, the most important in the city for many centuries, renovated in 1812 by Abdullah Pasha and is part of the White Mosque trust. 19. MAQAM SHIHAB EL-DIN Domed tomb shrine of a Moslem leader - the nephew of Saladin, after the Crusaders. 20. MAQAM EL-SHIEKH AMER Domed Shrine of the brother of Shihab El-Din, rennovatedin 1911. 21. CARMELITE CONVENT 22. FRERES DE BETHARRAM MONASTERY Once known as the White Monks. 23. FRENCH HOSPITAL Interesting architecture. 24. DON GUANELLA 25. EL SALAM MOSQUE A modern, impressive mosque built in the 1960's. 26. COPTIC CHURCH Erected by the small Coptic community of Nazareth in 1952. 27. BAPTIST CHURCH 28. HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL On the outskirts of the city, interesting architecture with imposing statue of the Virgin Mary nearby. 29. ST, JOSEPH'S SEMINARY 30. SISTERS OF THE ANNUNCIATION (BISHARA NUNS) Noted for the painting of religious icons. 31. NAZARETH HOSPITAL (E.M.M.S) 32. KASER EL-MUTRAN Greek Orthodox Church, built in the place where according to their tradition is the place of the lady's Fright. It was erected in 1862 with the money of a rich Russian woman. 33. THE MOUNT OF THE LEAP OF THE LORD (Mount of Precipice) 2 km. outside the city, where according to legend the people of Nazareth attempted to throw Jesus into the abyss. Site of the Cave of the Leap - one of the most important archeological discoveries in the world, dating back 50,000 years - to the Late and Middle Stone Age periods. 13 human skeletons and over 15,000 artifacts from these Stone Age periods were unearthed. The Nazareth Municipality is now undertaking a massive project to develop this Mount into a major tourist site. 34. ST. CLAIRE'S CONVENT 35. SALESIAN SISTERS 36. HAMMAM (Turkish Bath) Erected behind Mary's Well in 1887 by Tanous Qa'war, the first Mayor of Nazareth. 38. LITTLE SISTERS OF JESUS

Christmas celebrations Nazareth

Christmas celebrations Nazareth

There are lots of places in Israel where you can experience the Christmas atmosphere every December. Many cities take part in the festivities, including Haifa, Jerusalem, the Western Galilee, and Nazareth, among others. In Nazareth, we are provided with high-quality goods and the Christmas celebrations are perhaps the closest to what is happening around the world. There are a lot of lights and holiday decorations all over the city, with magnificent fir trees, street shows and singing performances, and even the smallest alleys are decorated. It's a big celebration in the city. The city will be decorated with thousands of lights and the Christmas experience will include the lighting of the fir tree in the center of St. Anton and colorful Christmas markets throughout the city and in hotels. In addition, there will be a Christmas Parade, food fairs and a variety of unique music and cultural performances in churches and halls with many international musicians. Throughout the period there will be lots of things to do and places to visit.

One day tour - Nazareth, Capernaum and the Jordan River

One day tour - Nazareth, Capernaum and the Jordan River

Cruise Ship Excursion from Haifa only - Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum (1 day) Trip Duration: One Day Trip Schedule: The trip begins in northern Nazareth with a visit to the Church of the Annunciation, one of the holiest Christian sites. According to Christian belief, the church was built on the site where the Virgin Mary lived, and where the angel Gabriel told her that she was pregnant with the son of God. From there we will continue to Capernaum, along the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus lived. We will visit the Church of the Multiplication, in Tabgha, where Jesus carried out the miracle of the loaves and fishes. We will continue driving through the city of Tiberias to the Yardenit baptism site, on the Jordan River. Must Bring: Hat/head covering, comfortable walking shoes. Please Note: Visitors must wear modest dress to holy sites (head covering, covered shoulders, pants or long skirts).

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