Holy Nazareth sites

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

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


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   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.

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

History of Nazareth:

These are the highlights along the timeline:

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



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 BibleWalks.com, 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.

A sites 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 BibleWalks.com:

 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:

  • Nazareth Village A living presentation of the life, times, and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth for all the world.
  • Nazareth Churches – information on the churches of Nazareth


BibleWalks.com – 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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This page was last updated on Nov 13, 2014

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