While it’s never mentioned in the Old Testament, Nazareth remains at the top of the list for many searching for a personal connection to the Bible, and with good reason. It became Jesus’ hometown, and Mary became pregnant in this revered place. While you’re here, make sure you visit these places.
Today, Nazareth is one of the largest cities in Israel, and it attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. It is just one of many sites you will want to see on your tour of the Holy Land.
BASILICA of the annunciation
This church dominates the landscape of the city today, and it is believed Mary received her news from Gabriel that she would be the mother of the Son of God. In the grotto, you’ll see the remnants of churches over the years on this site, and the colorful decorations throughout will delight your soul.
It can often be difficult to see history when so much progress dots the Holy Land today, but at Nazareth Village, you can do just that. Here you’ll find a 1st century farm still intact and running just as it would have been during Jesus’ time. Taste authentic food and look closely at the wine and olive presses in action.
Mary would have visited this place every day, and it’s still fed by a freshwater spring in the village. The Annunciation occurred here, and the stonework surrounding it dates back to the Crusades.
Church of St. Joseph
It’s not the church you really want to see, but the underground chamber. It is truly a site to behold, as it is here Joseph’s carpentry work began and Jesus learned his trade. The floor here is a black and white mosaic, and many people were baptized here in the pre-Constantinian era.
Disconnect yourself from the modern world and engage in the first century life