A glimpse of Nazareth during my Israel adventure

It was 29 December, day 6 of my Israel adventure as I headed towards a rainy 15 degree Nazareth.

I had a lazy morning before heading to the central bus station to catch a bus from Jerusalem to Nazareth. I couldn’t believe how much security I had to go through just to get inside the bus station. Think my backpack and I were searched twice!!

Walked through small alleyways to get to the hostel
Walked through small alleyways to get to the hostel

I got to Fauzi Azar Inn late that afternoon. The hostel had coffee, tea and fresh cake out the whole time, and it was for free!! The staff was really friendly and it was in a great location and stunning old building!

Entering Fauzi Azar Inn
Entering Fauzi Azar Inn
My view when sitting outside drinking a coffee at Fauzi Azar Inn
My view when sitting outside drinking a coffee at Fauzi Azar Inn

I checked in and went for a walk through the market to the Basilica of the Annunciation.

Basilica of the Annunciation
Basilica of the Annunciation
One of the doors of the Basilica of the Annunciation
One of the doors of the Basilica of the Annunciation

The Basilica of the Annunciation
The Basilica of the Annunciation

The church was established at the site where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, the Annunciation took place. Greek Orthodox tradition holds that this event occurred while Mary was drawing water from a local spring in Nazareth.  Inside, the lower level contains the Grotto of the Annunciation, believed by many Christians to be the remains of the original childhood home of Mary.

Looking out over the city while standing inside the church complex
Looking out over the city while standing inside the church complex
In front of the Basilica of the Annunciation
In front of the Basilica of the Annunciation
The Bell tower
The Bell tower

It was a beautiful church!

Entrance of the church
Entrance of the church
Inside Basilica of the Annunciation
Inside Basilica of the Annunciation
Some stunning windows!
Some stunning windows!
The lights inside the Church
The lights inside the Church
Inside the church
Inside the church

I absolutely loved the cobble stone streets, although there were loads of steps as the whole place is built on hills. I sat in a small café opposite the Basilica and had a red wine and falafel for dinner while listening to the church bells ring.

Sunset in Nazareth
Sunset in Nazareth
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7 comments

  1. Great photos. My husband and I also stayed at this lovely Inn when we went to Nazareth. People in Tel Aviv told us that Nazareth was dangerous and that there was nothing interesting to see. I’m glad we ignored them. 🙂

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  2. Beautiful pictures, esp, of the Basilica and the one of the bell tower with the red foliage opposite to it! Through your blog, I hope to see some of Israel, a country with soooo much history – just overwhelming!

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