Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus, is an unforgettable stop on Holy Land tours. Located in the Lower Galilee, this modern city houses a large portion of Israel's Christian Arab residents, and is also home to various important sites from the life of Jesus connected to every division of Christianity.
The Basilica of the Annunciation is built on the spot in which Gabriel told Mary about her upcoming pregnancy. Today, the renovated building houses colorful mosaics donated by different Christian groups from all over the world, as well as beautiful marble floors, a large dome and two floors filled with pews for services. The Basilica of the Annunciation is one of the largest churches in the Middle East. The bottom floor houses Mary’s Cave, the spot where Gabriel told Mary about her Immaculate Conception. The Church of St. Gabriel, which is also in Nazareth, marks the spot upon which the Orthodox Church believes Gabriel told Mary about this miracle.
Other important sites from the life of Jesus and His family members can also be found in Nazareth. St. Joseph’s Church sits on the site where Joseph once kept his carpentry workshop. It has been operating since 1914 under the management of the Franciscan Church. Inside mosaics, an ancient well and agricultural tools can be all found, testifying to Joseph's work on this very spot. The Table of Christ, also known as the Mensa Christi table, is another important site located in Nazareth. Some believe that this is the slab of rock from which Jesus and His disciples ate after He rose from the dead. It is located inside the Mensa Christi Church. Nearby, Mary's Well where is believed to be the place where Mary drew water. Finally, the Synagogue Church in Nazareth is an important spot for Christians to see the building in which Jesus spent many Saturday mornings during His childhood; it is described in the New Testament as the place in which Jesus stood up in front of His childhood congregation and was poorly received (Mark 6:4).
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