Nazareth Israel
The Cradle of Christianity

Nazareth Israel is the largest city in the north of Israel. It is called the “Arab capital of Israel” because its population is predominantly made up of Arab Israeli Citizens.

Many of the residents are Christians. The name in Hebrew is Natzrat or Natzeret and in Arabic Nasira or Naseriye. Nazareth is located on the Lower Galilee about 24 Km from the Sea of Galilee, the Kineret and about 9 Km west of Mt Tabor. The city has a population of approximately 75,000 that live in the city and the surrounding local councils.

There is the adjacent Jewish city of Natzeret Ilit with about 45,000 people and to the west Migdal Haemek with a population of 25,000. That makes the population of Nazareth Israel Metropolitan area more than 200,000 inhabitants.

The Basilica of the Annunciation dominates the landscape of Nazareth

Churches in Nazareth Israel

Nazareth is home to at least 23 monasteries and churches. Many of the older churches are located in the Old City.

  • The Basilica of the Annunciation built in the 1960’s is the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. As per the Catholic tradition it marks the site where the Virgin Mary was announced by the Archangel Gabriel of the future birth of Jesus.

  • St Gabriel’s Church was built by the Eastern Orthodox Church as an alternative site for the Annunciation

  • The Mensa Christi Church, run by the Franciscan religious order, commemorates the traditional location where Jesus dined with the Apostles after his Resurrection

  • The Synagogue Church built by the Melkite Greek Catholics on the traditional site of the Synagogue where Jesus preached.

  • The Church of St. Joseph's Carpentry occupies the traditional location for the workshop of Saint Joseph

  • The Basilica of Jesus the Adolescent, run by the Salesian religious order, occupies a hill overlooking the city.

  • The Church of Christ is an Anglican church in Nazareth.

  • On the outskirts of town is the now ruined Church of Our Lady of the Fright, supposedly marking the spot where Mary saw Jesus being taken to a cliff by the congregation of the synagogue and felt fear on His account.

  • The Jesus Trail pilgrimage route connects many of the religious sites in Nazareth on a 60 km walking trail which ends in Capernaum following Jesus footsteps.
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Mary's Well in Nazareth Israel

Nazareth Village

It is located on a farmland in the city of Nazareth Israel. Visiting Nazareth Village provides you with an authentic experience of the Holy Land of the Bible.

You will be greeted by costumed “inhabitants” and feel Jesus’ teachings come alive on the Parable Walk. You may see women spinning, drawing water and baking bread and men working the soil and harvesting as well as herding sheep and goats.

You are greeted by costumed “inhabitants” (the staff actually did grow up in Nazareth), and feel Jesus’ teachings come alive along the Parable Walk.

You can see women spinning, drawing water and baking bread, and men tilling the soil or harvesting, and herding sheep and goats. They constructed an entire house along with a Synagogue of the type that Jesus frequented and preached in this town.

A visit to Nazareth Village is a great complement to your Holy Land Tour.

A typical Souvenirs Shop in Downtown Nazareth Israel

According to the Gospels

According to the Gospels, Nazareth was the home of Joseph and Mary and the site of the Annunciation, when Mary was told by the Angel Gabriel that she would have Jesus as her son.

Joseph and Mary resettle in Nazareth after fleeing to Egypt from their home in Bethlehem. Nazareth is also allegedly where Jesus grew up from some point in his childhood.

The Fauzi Azar Inn is an award winning great hotel in Nazareth

Recent History

Nazareth was in the territory allotted to the Arab state under the 1947 UN Partition Plan. The town was not a field of battle during 1948 Arab-Israeli War before the first truce on 11 June, although some of the villagers had joined the loosely organized peasant military and paramilitary forces, and troops from the Arab Liberation Army had entered Nazareth.

During the ten days of fighting which occurred between the first and second truce, Nazareth capitulated to Israeli troops during Operation Dekel on 16 June, after little more than token resistance.

The surrender was formalized in a written agreement, where the town leaders agreed to cease hostilities in return for promises from the Israeli officers, including brigade commander Ben Dunkelman, the leader of the operation that no harm would come to the civilians of the town.

Every Holy Land Tour includes Nazareth Israel as an integral part of a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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