Photo courtesy of Elad Azulay
Nazareth, The hometown where Jesus grew up.
The City of Nazareth, located in the Galilee, the Northern part of Israel, is the largest Israeli Arab city. It is one of the best known towns among Christians as it is where Jesus grew up. The city has more than twenty churches and the grandest of all is the monumental Basilica of the Annunciation, which is considered the largest church in the Middle East. You can spend a whole day walking from one church to another and discover the Church of St. Joseph, where in its basement there is a cavern reputed to what used to be the carpentry workshop of Joseph, and the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel, where you can find inside an old well which used to provide spring water to Nazareth 2000 years ago. For lunch, enjoy one of the authentic arab restaurants the city has to offer and afterwards enjoy Nazareth's market, where you can buy traditional sweets, embroidered clothes and souvenirs. The market kept its unique character from the 19th century which makes it an unforgettable experience.
By Sivan Askayo, AFAR Local Expert
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