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  • Address: Israel
  • Admission: Free

Located in northern Israel, Nazareth is the largest Arab city in the country, but enjoys a diverse population of about 60,000 people. Best known for its religious significance in the Christian faith, Nazareth is thought to be the home of Joseph and Mary, and as such there are many holy places that draw people from all over the world. Nazareth is not only a destination for the devout, however, and is home to some of the most beautiful churches in the Middle East. 

The Basilica of the Annunciation (כנסיית הבשורה) is an incredible modern church built upon the ruins of churches that date back to the time of the Crusades, the remains of which are still visible on the lower level. The mix of architectural styles and stunning works of art make it one of the most unique churches in Israel. 

Symbolizing the Nazareth Municipality is the structure known as Mary's Well (באביב של הבתולה מריה), connected to which is the recently discovered Ancient Bath House, an amazing network of arches that date back to Roman times. Both are beautifully restored, and the adjoining souvenir shop is full of interesting information. 

For a taste of modern culture, visit the Diwan El Lajun (תיאטרון דיוואן אל לאג'ון), a multicultural performance arts center. The center produces plays, concerts, literature and poetry readings, dance events, story-telling, circus acts, and much more. There are regular shows in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, as well as some bilingual productions, so be sure to check the schedule. 

Practical Info

The best way to reach Nazareth is via Tel Aviv, which is about 100 km (62 mi) away. If you've flown into Tel Aviv, there are regular buses from the Central Station (either the 823 or the 826), and the trip takes about 2 hours. 

If you're coming from Jerusalem, there are 2 buses daily. There are also buses from Haifa and Amman. Be aware that most transit does not run on the Sabbath or any other Jewish holiday. 

Nazareth is easily navigated by foot, though there is a public bus system that does run on Saturdays. 

Keep local traditions and rules in mind when entering churches or mosques.

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