Old City

Travel Guide
Old City featuring signage, interior views and markets
Wander meandering alleys to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bustling bazaar and discover historical landmarks that lay claim to biblical legends.

The Old City is Nazareth’s beating heart, where the traditions of an Arabic marketplace blend harmoniously with the folklore of Christianity. Shop at stores that have been hawking goods since the 1600s and follow the paths traversed by pilgrims for centuries. Marvel at architectural masterpieces and dine on local delicacies while surrounded by a mystical charm.

Established in the 17th century and enlarged in the 19th century, Nazareth Market is an authentic Arabic souk. Cobblers and tailors line up alongside stores offering anything from coffee, herbs and spices to musical instruments, silverware and textiles. Admire the fading grandeur of Ottoman-era landmarks such as the White Mosque. Visit the Synagogue Church of Nazareth, believed to be where Jesus studied and preached to his disciples.

The cupola of the Basilica of the Annunciation dominates the district’s skyline. Followers of the Christian faith regard the church as the site of the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to the son of God. Within the basilica complex, the Franciscan Museum has displays of 2,000-year-old artifacts. North of here, St. Joseph’s Church is built on the assumed site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop.

Walk north to Mary’s Well which, according to Greek Orthodoxy tradition, is where the Annunciation took place. See the spring that fed the well at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and then appreciate the church’s series of elaborate frescoes. Take a guided tour of the Roman-era Ancient Bath House of Nazareth.

Set aside time for a tour of the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, a church, lodging and school built over Roman ruins. Opposite is Christ Church, the second Anglican church erected in the Holy Land. Enjoy a panoramic view of the district from the rooftop of the Centre International Marie de Nazareth.

The compact streets of the Old City make it an ideal area to explore on foot. Bear in mind that some attractions and most shops close on Sunday. Take time out at atmospheric bars and restaurants while sampling baklava, halva, kanafeh and other typical dishes.

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Michel House
6098 st. 10, Nazareth, israel
The price is $109 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 21
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$109 per night
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