The world’s Christians believe that this city of churches is the location of the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary, making it a popular tourist destination and place of pilgrimage.
Additionally, it’s considered that Jesus spent his teenage years there. He is also said to have worked his first miracle at the adjacent settlement of Cana.
The Church of the Annunciation is usually at the top of visitors’ lists of things to see while in town. After you’ve had your fill of visiting churches, schedule some time to explore Nazareth’s market area. With our list of the top tourist attractions and activities to do, you can choose the finest locations to visit during your vacation.
St. Joseph’s Church
The St. Joseph’s Church, constructed in 1914, is located right next to the Church of the Annunciation inside the same enclosure.
Believers have long claimed that the location on which it now stands was formerly home to Joseph’s carpenter business.
Apart from some contemporary fresco artwork showing Joseph and Jesus in a stained-glass window, St. Joseph’s is fairly tiny and simple (especially if you’ve already been to the Church of the Annunciation).
The primary attraction is the underground level, which is located under the present-day church and where excavation work has revealed a cistern and a number of storage pits that belong to the early first century AD.
Address: Town Center, Annunciation Street
Hike up to the Salesian Church of Jesus the Adolescent
Take the winding walk up the Mount of the Start to the Salesian Church of Jesus the Adolescent for views of Nazareth and the surrounding area.
The church was constructed in 1918 by French architect Lucia Gauthier in neo-Gothic style. Tradition holds that Jesus’ childhood home was located at this location.
Originally, the Salesian Catholic order of Nazareth operated an orphanage out of the surrounding buildings on the property. They are now utilized as a vocational school by the religious order.
In the evenings, the church frequently has classical music events, so it’s worth seeing if anything is scheduled while you’re in town.
Salesian Street, Nazareth, California
The Synagogue Church, a member of the Greek Catholic Melkite community, is tucked away in Nazareth’s market center.
A entrance leading down into the synagogue, which Jesus is reputed to have frequented as a teenager, is located to the left of the entryway.
Contrary to popular perception, archaeological data suggests that the synagogue was most likely built as early as the 6th century AD.
The church was constructed in 1887, and it has a relatively opulent dome flanked by two bell towers.
Location: Town Center, Market district
St. Gabriel’s Church and Mary’s Well
One of the two locations in Nazareth where the Annunciation is said to have occurred is St. Gabriel’s Church, also referred to as the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.
It was constructed over the community spring, the site of Mary’s first encounter with the Archangel Gabriel, according to Greek Orthodox legend. The spring is still flowing in the church’s basement crypt.
Excellent frescoes may be seen within the upper church and are well worth viewing.
Head south across Church Square to the appropriately named Mary’s Well Square, which adherents of the Eastern Orthodox Church consider to be the real location, if you want to see the second Mary’s well candidate.
Address: Town Center, Church Square
Mensa Christi Church
The 3.6-meter-long and three-meter-wide slab of stone is supposed to be the one that the resurrected Christ ate at with his followers in the Mensa Christi (Table of Christ) Church, a Franciscan building in the town center. The inside of the building is very basic.
The present church, which was constructed in 1861 on the site of an earlier church, has recently received substantial restorations.
The church is often locked, but the guardian is generally around, so you may ask for the key to enter by approaching them.