Nazareth is one of the most visited Israel destinations being the birthplace of Jesus Christ. This city is known for its biblical history and numerous Christian-related places such as churches and synagogues which are popular tourist destinations. Nazareth is one of the must-visit places for most Christian tourist given its significance to the Christian religion. More than being the birthplace of Jesus, the churches and basilicas built in the city makes the city more sacred to the Christian religion. Let’s check out some of the popular places in Nazareth that makes the city one of the popular Israel destinations for Christians.
Basilica of the Annunciation
This church was built in 1959 by the Roman Catholic. The church was raised on the site which is believed to be the house where angel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the announcement of her conception of Jesus. Before the construction of the basilica, the place has been the home of other structures such as a shrine and old churches which were destroyed during foreign attack and invasion which Israel had a lot in its history. Hence, the church today is a popular destination for Christian tourists for the main reason stated above.
St. Joseph’s Church
Like the Basilica of the Annunciation, St. Joseph’s Church was also constructed over the ruins of older churches. The church is also near the Basilica of the Annunciation and is said to be the site where Joseph’s workshop stood. There’s a cave system underneath the church which is described as the ‘house and workshop of Joseph’.
Nazareth Village would be one of the popular modern Israel tourist attractions in Nazareth. The Nazareth Village is a museum that features the scenario of Nazareth during the time of Christ. It features the original farm, replicas of houses, synagogues, olive presses and other elements to give visitors an accurate picture of what Nazareth looks like during the time of Jesus. The Nazareth Village is one of the must-visit Israel destinations for Christians that want to see and experience the place where Jesus of Nazareth grew up. Learn more about the Nazareth Village on their website.
Mary’s Well is located in the center of Nazareth, nearby the first two Nazareth sites mentioned above. This well is constructed over an underground spring that served as a water source for the nearby communities for centuries.
Near the city of Nazareth are Mount Tabor and the Church of the Transfiguration which are also popular Israel biblical sites that Christian pilgrims and tourists visit. Contact us to learn more about Nazareth and other popular Israel destinations, get help from our expert and friendly tour leaders for your next Israel trip!