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Places of Interest in Nazareth
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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

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.

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

Nahal Snir (Hasbani River)

Nahal Snir (Hasbani River)

Nahal Snir (Hasbani) is the longest in the sources of the Jordan. The stream flows all year round, and along its banks of plane trees and walls built of dripping streams. Unlike other sources in the Jordan, Nahal Snir has considerable differences between the winter and the summer currents. Day parking - The hikers' parking lot is part of Snir Park. This parking lot serves the great demand for leisure and recreational activities, and it is possible to have picnics (this activity is forbidden in other parts of the reserve, so as not to harm the values ​​of nature). The parking lot is located at the entrance to the reserve. Burning fire in the entire reserve including in the parking lot - forbidden in the park of the senses - follow nature - an experiential route for the whole family in the Nahal Snir Nature Reserve that combines sensory experience, connection to nature and a glimpse into the world of wildlife and physical contact with water, earth and wood. Two ponds were excavated. One is a "paddling pool" for the enjoyment of hikers, and the other serves as a shelter garden for rare aquatic plants, such as yellow nofar and tiny marzipan, which are almost extinct in the wild in the country. The shaded path passes in the shadow of thick plane trees, and from time to time crosses shallow streams that join the rushing stream. During the winter months, the trail is closed from time to time due to strong currents. These waterfalls are submerged in a thick layer of yellowish rock known as travertine, and in beautiful Hebrew "dripping streams". This rock is formed in stone deposition processes (like the scale in the kettle) following a slow and prolonged flow over the years. In fact, the entire east bank of the creek in the reserve area is built of this rock - evidence of the intensity of the flow in this area in the past. The reserve is located in the Galilee, north of Kibbutz HaGoshrim, and is about five kilometers long, from Highway 99 in the south to the village of Ajar in the north. For security reasons, you can only visit the southern part of the reserve.

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