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Set in the heart of old Nazareth, the Mary of Nazareth International Center offers a multimedia audio-visual show on the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The center also bears significant finds from the 1st century CE.

The Creation of Mary of Nazareth International Center

International-center-of-mary-of-NazarethOn the turn of the 21st century the French religious community of Chemin Neuf purchased an Ottoman era building in the heart of Nazareth, next to the Church of the Annunciation. Archaeological excavations at the base of the building yielded remains of a home from the time of Jesus. Comprising two room and a cistern, this is first scientific testimony to Jewish life in Nazareth in the first century. Furthermore, being so close to the church of the Annunciation, it is possible that Jesus familiar with this house, and perhaps even visited it. Opened in 2011, the center incorporated the archaeological finds in its ground floor, and it invites visitors to see and appreciate them. It also welcomes all to a 55-minute innovative presentation, set in 4 halls, on the life of Virgin Mary.

Touring Mary of Nazareth International Center

The Center is open Monday to Saturday, and charges an entrance fee.  Besides the show and the archaeological presentation, its rooftop offers one of the best panoramas of Nazareth.

A visit to the site can be combined with a guided day tour of Nazareth and the Galilee.

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