Nazareth is nestled in the picturesque lower Galilee and holds great significance in Christian history. It’s where Mary received the announcement of her miraculous pregnancy and where Jesus grew up. From the 4th century AD, Nazareth became a pilgrimage destination, attracting devout Christians from all over the globe.

Touring Nazareth

Present-day Nazareth is a bustling Arab City of about 80,000 residents. Its prominent landmarks are:

Basilica of the Annunciation – This grand-scale church has a unique design and array of artworks. It is believed to have been built where Angel Gabriel announced to Mary her divine pregnancy (Luke 3).

St. Joseph’s Church – Adjacent to the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s church is believed to be the home of St. Joseph, Jesus’ stepfather. Excavations at the site uncovered a ceremonial washing installation, a cistern, and silos.

The Synagogue Church – Located in the heart of Nazareth’s Old City, this small church is said to be built on the site of a first-century synagogue. Many tour groups read here how Jesus initially claimed to be the Messiah (Luke 4).

Mary’s Well – A fountain where, according to local tradition, Mary used to fetch water. A Greek Orthodox church behind it commemorates the visit of Angel Gabriel to Mary.

Mount of the Leap – A hill brow at the southern end of Nazareth believed to be where the angry mob attempted to throw Jesus off a cliff. The site provides stunning panoramas of Nazareth and the Jezreel Valley.

Beyond its Christian heritage, Nazareth is known for its lively markets and delightful flavors of Arab Galilean cuisine.

A tour to Nazareth can be combined with a day tour of the Galilee or a Multi-day tour of the Holy Land.

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