Nazareth (الناصرة, נָצְרַת) is most known for being the childhood home of Jesus of the Gospels, and the place where the Virgin Mary received the annunciation from the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus (Luke 1:26-38). Christian tradition also cites Nazareth as the town where Jesus began his ministry, and the place where an angry mob attempted to throw him off of a cliff (Luke 4:16-30). The Jesus Trail passes over Mount Precipice, the traditional site of this cliff, which offers a panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley.
Just outside Nazareth’s Old City you can visit the Church of the Annunciation, built in the 1960’s on the site of earlier Byzantine and Crusader-era churches. This is the largest church in the Middle East and features mosaic artwork of Mary and Jesus from around the world.
Other churches located in and near the historic Old City market include the Synagogue Church – a Melkite Greek Catholic church commemorating the synagogue where Jesus announced his ministry, Saint Gabriel’s Orthodox Church near Mary’s Well – the traditional Orthodox site of the Annunciation, Mensa Christi Church which houses a stone attributed to be where Jesus shared a meal following the Resurrection, and Saint Joseph’s Church, where Jesus’ father Joseph was believed to have had his workshop.
Other sites of interest in Nazareth include the White Mosque, El Babour Spice Mill, the Cactus Gallery (a 1st century Greco-Roman bathhouse), and a recreation of 1st century life in Nazareth, found at Nazareth Village.