Nazareth Travel Guide

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Nazareth Highlights

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     Amazing town and history 

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     Not much to see other than the big church 

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     You do not need to plan too much time here on your visit. 

Nazareth Things to Do

  • Greek Orthodox church of Archangel...

    Much smaller than the famous catholic church of Annunciation this one was a nice surprise for us. The Greek Orthodox church of the Annunciation is dedicated to Archangel Gabriel and it’s the most sacred church for the greek orthodox community of Nazareth. According to the orthodox church the church was built upon the spring where Virgin Mary came...

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  • Mary’s Well

    According to the Greek Orthodox church (that accept the protoevangelium of James, a 2nd-century apocryphal text) Virgin Mary was collecting water from a spring every day but one day she had a special visitor there, actually it was a bizarre voice coming out of nowhere and announced that she will have the one and only son of God! Mary got scared of...

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  • Fransciscan Convent & School

    The Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) is a Convent and School we passed by on our way to Basilica of Annunciation which is a few meters away.The Franciscan order established the Convent in 1620 and had high walls around like a fortress to protect the monks but the walls demolished when the new convent was built in 1930. The old...

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  • Basilica of the Annunciation

    Basilica of the Annunciation is probably the landmark among most visitors of Nazareth. It’s catholic cathedral that is built above the sunken grotto where (according to catholic faith) was Virgin Mary’s childhood home and the place where she received the Annunciation of the imminent birth of Jesus. The area turned into a worship place in the 1st...

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  • a great mosaic collection of Virgin Mary

    Basilica of the Annunciation is famous for the numerous mosaic paintings that commemorate the Annunciation, the church is full of such mosaics showing Virgin Mary in different clothes and clothes according where the mosaic came from. There are so many of them (donated from many different countries from all over the world) that even the courtyard is...

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  • St. Joseph’s church

    After visiting the basilica of Annunciation we went into the St. Joseph’s church (that is located nearby). This Franciscan church was built in 1914 in neo Romanesque style on the site of an earlier crusader church (12th century) on the spot where was believed the Joseph (father of Jesus) had his carpentry workshop so not a surprise Mary could...

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  • Synagogue Church

    Not far from the Basilica of Annunciation we walked into Nazareth souq, the old arab market. In the middle of the market we saw the Synagogue Church, a small church that was built by the crusaders in 12th century AD. There’s a sign outside the church:According to the tradition, the Nazareth Synagogue where Jesus preached (Luke 4:16) stood on this...

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  • White Mosque

    Most visitors know Nazareth because of the churches so after seeing some of them we thought it was good idea to see a mosque too as we walked along the old market where we found this mosque! White Mosque is an ottoman mosque from early 19th century. It was built by Abdallah El Nini, a respected judge from Galillee that was preaching for love and...

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  • Nazareth City

    Nazareth, which began as a small Jewish village about 2,000 years ago, became a stronghold of Christianity in the Byzantine period, just a few hundred years later. During that period the name of Nazareth spread far and wide, and the yearnings to see the place where the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ had lived turned the city into a popular pilgrimage...

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  • St. Joseph Church: Crypts and Ancient...

    part two of my tips with more pictures of the cypts and the remains of the crusader and byzantine church at the underground of the Saint Joseph Church. There are side stairs from the top of the church that are leading to the lower floor, where there’s crypt holding archeological remains from the Nazareth village times as well as the cave used as...

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  • St. Joseph Church: Crypts and Ancient...

    this will be my pictures of the cypts and the remains of the crusader and byzantine church at the underground of the Saint Joseph Church. There are side stairs from the top of the church that are leading to the lower floor, where there’s crypt holding archeological remains from the Nazareth village times as well as the cave used as Joseph's...

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  • St. Joseph Church: Inside the Church

    This will be on the inside of the church. The church is built in a Neo Romanski style, based on the foundations of the ancient Crusader church which was destroyed in the 13th century. It has 3 long halls ending with 3 enceintes on the east, built over Crusaders’ remains. The Saint Joseph Church is Part of the Huge Basilica of the Annunciation (at...

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Nazareth Restaurants

  • Sabah W Masa

    We stopped at Sabah W Masa for a light lunch before we visit the orthodox church of Annunciation. It’s located on the square in front of the church (just over Virgin Mary’s well) so the outdoor seating is also a good spot for watching the people passing by.Unfortunately the menu was only in Hebrew but the waitress was helpful with us, the name of...

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  • Main Buffet Dining area of the Golden...

    The King's table is the main dining area of the Golden Crown hotel and is located at the 1rst floor, just beside the huge swimming pool. this restaurant serves buffet breakfasts, lunch and dinner to hotel guests and is open starting from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday. since most of the guests of the hotel are Christian Pilgrims like us, we ate the...

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  • The Best Place in Town

    Cozy, rustic, world class place. Friendly locals. They told us this was their favorite place to eat. Great place for families too. Price is reasonable. I want to go back and eat here again! Lovely lovely experience. Appetizer of pita bread with all sorts of dips, salads, olives etc. Fish was heavenly!

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Nazareth Nightlife

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    Backgammon and argileh in Abu Noor's

    by mafi_moya Written Oct 16, 2004

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    The most traditional thing to do at night is smoke an argileh (sheesha/water pipe etc) and Abu Noor's is one of the most well known. His new place is on the main street near Mary's Well - a bigger, noisier version of his old place, which is now under new management, in the old souk near the White Mosque. The souk one is much quieter and you're usually fed endless Om Khalthoum albums. The night's usually spent playing backgammon (shaish-baish) while puffing away.

    At the other side of town the rooftop Bedouin Tent is newer and shinier and with a lot younger clientele. Only been there once and it felt a bit like a youth club and there's enough hair gel to make flies drop dead mid-air. There was even a (gasp!) woman there, although she was Russian and therefore I'm reliably informed doesn't really count.

    If you want to smoke somewhere a bit more confortable and fashionable than the dedicated argileh places, then the best option is the wonderful Palestinian House (Beit al Philistine)

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Nazareth Transportation

  • how to go there

    Nazareth is 105km NE of Tel Aviv, 45km SE of Haifa, 146km N of Jerusalem, 32km W of Tiberias By carWe drove to Nazareth from Tel Aviv, most part was pretty easy but there was a lot of traffic after Cana. Parking was quite difficult in Nazareth but we were lucky enough to be there when someone just left and took his place outside of a store not far...

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  • how to move around

    We parked in the center and then just walked around. Although there are some local buses we had no problem to easily reach main attraction on foot.Don’t even think to drive around the small winding streets that often lead to dead end, what’s more the traffic is heavy so find a free parking space and enjoy the town.

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  • Tour Buses and vans

    Most Tourist and Christian Pilgrims stay in Nazareth hotels and make this city the base for the North Israel and Galilee Tours and Pilgrimage to various areas like Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Kinneret, Mount Tabor, Kafr Cana, Mount Carmel etc. they ride the big tour buses or the private tour vans of Israeli Tour companies to tour these sites and...

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Nazareth Shopping

  • Muhtar Sweets

    According to our Israeli friend this is the most popular dessert shop in Nazareth. We went inside to take some pictures but although we hadn’t had any sweet earlier that day we decided not to buy something! It used to be a bit out of center in the past but since 1994 is located in the city center.We saw some women bringing large trayes with...

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  • what to shop in Nazareth

    With so many christian pilgrims it was no surprise to see many souvenir stores that focus on Christian related items (icons, crosses, bibles, rosaries etc).As expected there’s also a colorful souq (arab market) that extends up the hill starting from the church of Annunciation, it was pretty empty during our visit with many stores already closed but...

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  • Nazareth Souvenir Shops

    since the primary source of income of nazareth is centered on tourism and almost all of the tourists going to Nazareth are Christian Pilgrims of whatever denominations from all over the world, there are lots of souvenir shops and stalls around Nazareth and on the main road going to the Basilica of the Annunciation that sells everything from Bibles,...

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Nazareth Local Customs

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    Nazareth is best known as the home of Jesus parents’ Joseph and Mary so most visitors come here for the churches, especially those that are connected with the Annunciation but also some churches have been built over sites that claimed to be Joseph’s workshop, Mary’s home, the synagogue where Jesus was taught and later preached etcBecause of all...

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  • Nazareth Fridge Magnets

    Being an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these souvenir items in Nazareth is a must, but unfortunately, I cannot find any nazareth shot glasses, only Fridge magnets and a bought this favorite souvenir of mine. they come in available shapes and sizes and can be made with wood or porcelain or bronze or steel...

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  • Far more than 4 weddings, and no...

    Muslim communities generally seem to have lots of weddings. Or maybe it's just that they're very public community affairs and so a lot more noticeable. But even so, I'm sure Nazareth is trying to get in the Guinness Book of Records for the most weddings ever held in a single year!In my first two months here, just in the two streets near my house...

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Nazareth Warnings and Dangers

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    by vivacolombia Written Aug 26, 2008

    Nazareth didn't appear to be dangerous but it was so quiet when we visited this city. We realized that it was Friday and as the city is inhabited by a large muslim community, it was holiday for them. Most stores, shops and restaurants were closed...

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Nazareth Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunset at Nazareth

    Watching sunsets atop a mountain or a high place like a hill is simply breathtaking and if you happen to be in Nazareth while seeing the Sun Set, then you would enjoy the magnificent view and you can also take a picture of this post card perfect moment.Sunset pictures with the mountains and the valley views below are simply spectacular

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  • Mini Mosque Beside Basilica of...

    This Mini Mosque (called Shehab a-Din mosque) lying just beside the Basilica of The annunciation is a controversial one. Apparently, some radical islamic elements wanted to build a mosque beside the basilica of the annunciation in 1997 as they claimed that the site is where the one of the Sons of Saladdin was buried and there were large protest in...

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  • Nazareth in December

    Starting on 12.12, Nazareth begins its winter festivities. Tens of thousands of people flock to the central square, Spring Square (Kikar Hamaayan in Hebrew) to watch the central stage, which this year included performances by various singers, and the Hebrew University Symphony Orchestra. At 20:00 the huge Christmas tree was lit up, to the...

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Nazareth Favorites

  • The Only Arab City in Israel

    Israeli Arabs (whether Muslim or Christian and including Palestinian Arabs) constitutes about 20% of the Israeli Population and eventhough there are significan Arab Populations in major cities like Jerusalem and Haifa, the Only Arab Majority City in Israel is Nazareth. There are many arab majority towns in Israel but again Nazrareth is the Only...

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  • Nazareth – rock group

    For those people who is already 50 or 60 years old the name of Nazareth is bringing back memory from far 1970th when the Scottish rock group Nazareth was very popular all over the world including even the USSR. I grew up in atheism and, shame on me, I heard the name of Nazareth for the first time when I listened to the music of the Scottish group...

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  • Nazareth in General

    Nazareth is the largest city in the North District of Israel. The city is interesting because it is described in the New Testament as the childhood home of Jesus. That’s why it is a center of Christian pilgrimage. It has many shrines commemorating biblical events.Nazareth was the home of Joseph and Mary and the site of the Annunciation according to...

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