Nazareth - Overview

   The Holy City of Nazareth is the childhood home of Jesus, as described in the New Testament. A center of Christian faith and pilgrimage.



John 1: 46: "And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see".


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   This page is an overview of the old city of Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus.






* Overview

* History

* General

* Map

* Sites

* Biblical

* Links 




   Nazareth is located in the hills  in the center of the Galilee in Northern Israel.  The modern city of Nazareth was built over the old village, and few archaeological remains are left from the times of Jesus.


   Nazareth is today a big city, populated by Christians and Muslims (in lower Nazareth) and Jews (in Upper Nazareth, called Natzeret-Illit). It less than one hour drive east of  Haifa. The older section near the Churches is crowded with small shops and narrow alleys. The City grew around this center towards the hills around, with more Arab villages around the city that are practically connected to the City.



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History of Nazareth:


These are the highlights along the timeline:

  ~4BC to  ~33AD Jesus grows up in Nazareth, a small village with few houses
  Mid 4th C AD Church of the Annunciation was founded by Helena,

mother of Emperor Constantine

  638AD Arab invasion; destruction of the Church
  1109 Crusaders arrive to the Holy Land; stay in Nazareth until 1187
  1229-1263 Crusaders return for brief time; City is destroyed
  1948 Israel Independence war; Arab city surrenders
  1997-2006 Friction around mosque built in front of the Church of the Annunciation
  2006 City hit by Rockets from Lebanon (see news)
  2009 Pope Benedict XVI visited the Holy Land (see blog)


General View:


   A general view of the city (from Mount Precipice) is shown in the following photo. In the center (with a black tower): the Church of the Annunciation.


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   The Basilica of Annunciation is shown in the following photo, taken from the new garden (built in 2006 instead of the controversial mosque which was planned in front of the Church).


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   For more photos, enter the detailed sites of Nazareth in, which are listed in the bottom of this page.


Map / Aerial View:


   An aerial photo of Nazareth is shown below, indicating the major points of interest in the center of Nazareth.     You can press on the purple circles to navigate to additional web pages.




     An aerial map is also available for the Nazareth area, where you can also navigate to one of the featured sites in Nazareth.




 Sites of Nazareth - further detailed in









 Biblical references:


John 1:46


"And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see".




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* External: - visiting the sites of Holy Nazareth


Sites Navigation:  On all featured sites, you can use the navigation aid at the end of the page for proceeding to the next site. The navigation bar takes you through a tour of the sites. At the bottom of each site you can navigate forward or backward, or return back to a full list of all sites in all regions of Israel.


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