Nazareth, Israel – what to do and expect
The city of Nazareth in Northern Israel is known for its rich Christian history. The Church of the Annunciation, St. Joseph's Church and the Centre International Marie de Nazareth all attract large numbers of visitors. The Basilica of the Annunciation is a modern church erected on top of the ruins of a much older cathedral and the even older house of the Holy Mary. The attractions are all very close together and are wonderful sights to take in on a sunny day. However, a word of warning - while the area around the major sights is well-restored and as safe as it gets, I found the rest of Nazareth (which is very close to the West Bank) not somewhere you'll want to be caught at (even during daylight). I walked over to the Nazareth Village and found the contrast between first world Israel and the second or third world very marked. Take the bus or pay for a tour and see the very inspiring top sights in Nazareth that are mostly free of fees, but this is no place to walk around and 'discover'.
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