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Places of Interest in Nazareth
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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

Bashert Restaurant Safed

Bashert Restaurant Safed

The food at Bashert Restaurant is some of the most innovative and magical that I have ever tasted. The chef's menu combines advanced cooking methods with a twist of fine cuts of meat from the smokehouse, and the result is a variety of dishes that are simply incredible. The chicken soup with dumpling is Jewish gnocchi with shredded meat, blinches with smoked liver, and the title gem, juicy slow-smoked asado from the smokehouse and Bashert's 8-hour smoked brisket, are all must-tries. The restaurant is strictly kosher, and kosher by the Orthodox Jewish community. If you're ever in Safed, don't miss out on this dining experience of a lifetime. Address Jerusalem 35 Safed, Israel 073-231-1331

Jaasmine Rosh Pina - Boutique Lodging

Jaasmine Rosh Pina - Boutique Lodging

Located in Rosh Pina, Jaasmine Rosh Pina features five spacious suites, a lounge, kitchen, and a lush outdoor area with swimming pool and spa. For group or family events or meetings, you can rent one or all five suites in the mansion. You can jump directly into the pool from the suites on the ground floor. Suites on the top floor have balconies facing the Sea of Galilee and the south of the Golan Heights. Outside each is a Jacuzzi with a view. A fresh Israeli breakfast is served every morning in our lounge, including salads, cheeses, eggs and fresh fruit muesli and granola. You will be satiated until the evening after breakfast. To ensure that the meal is a perfect experience, we make sure everything goes according to plan. Chef meals can also be ordered for dinner. In addition to its spacious yard, the Jaasmine Rosh Pina is located on the Golan Heights and overlooks the Sea of Galilee. The yard of the building has a pool with a relaxing view, a jacuzzi, a sauna, and a pleasant and warm jacuzzi, all of which are part of its charm. The furniture, art, sitting areas, pool, lobby, and cozy corners of the mansion were all designed for comfort and aesthetics to ensure the ultimate vacation experience: the courtyards, sitting areas, pool, lobby, and cozy corners. Guests in the suites have their own showers and many other comforts and indulgences, such as a private jacuzzi, espresso machine, and mini coffee maker. More About the Hotel >> Phone: 054-614-9887 Ha-Vered st. 39, Rosh Pina

Zippori National Park

Zippori National Park

The city of Zippori, founded in the Hellenistic/Maccabees era by Alexander Janneus, is located on hill in the Lower Galilee half way between the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and the Mediterranean Sea. Josephus Flavius, a first century C.E. historian, described it as "the ornament of all Galilee." The city’s name may have originated from the Hebrew word “tsipor” meaning bird and highlighting the view from the top of the hill. The city may get its name from the Hebrew word "tsipor" (bird) because the view from the town gives a sense of flying. Zippori, was conquered by the Romans in 37 B.C.E but during the revolt against Rome in 66 C.E., the Jews of Zippori elected not to take arms; conversely they opened the city gates to the legions of Roman Emperor Vespasian. In return the city was saved and renamed Eirenopolis or “city of peace” as evidenced by coins minted in Zippori during that period. The city had developed into an essential site, in the Land of Israel, for Jewish religious and spiritual life during the second century. The Bar-Kohba revolt of 135 introduced an influx of jewish refugees into the Galilee who by the Third Century were the town’s majority. Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi, who also redacted the Mishnah, headed and relocated the Sanhedrin (Supreme Jewish religious and Judicial body) to Zippori during the Third Century. Long after the Sanhedrin was moved to Tiberias, Zippori retained its status as an important center of Bible study and many prominent sages taught in its academies. Zippori was an important trade market for traders due to it being strategically located on and around major trade routes. Zippori National Park Zippori National Park, encompassing the ruins and archaeology findings of the ancient Roman- and Talmudic-era city of Zippori, is located in the rolling hills of Lower Galilee, west of Nazareth.

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