The Old City Market

The bustling alleys of the market (“souq” in Arabic) directly north of the Basilica offer a rare opportunity to experience a working Oriental bazaar in Israel. Most of the city’s attractions are located either in its alleyways or nearby.
The market was established in the 17th century, but its major evolution took place during the 19th century. In the past, its districts were divided according to themes: the Brides’ Market, the Vegetable Market, the Tinsmiths’ Market and the Carpenters’ Market were among the main ones. Today, apart from in the case of the Vegetable Market, these sections exist chiefly in name only.
The market has a wide range of stores selling just about every item imaginable, such as kitchenware, vegetables, candy and sweetmeats, toys, embroidered cloth, silverware, coffee and herbs, scarves, and drums. Various tradesmen, from knife-makers to tailors and shoe-repairmen, also offer their skills.
The aromas of the market, its ancient buildings and its character full alleyways make a visit an unforgettable experience. The charm of the market is that it serves not only tourists but is also a living market drawing custom not only from Nazarenes but also from people across the region.
The Old City, including the market, underwent extensive renovations in preparation for the millennium celebrations and the visit of Pope John Paul II.
The market is open daily, except Sundays, from 9am to 5pm weekdays, and between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays.
e their wool; milk goats and help produce milk products.
Nazareth Village has an impressive audio-visual presentation and a large, well-stocked souvenir store. The village also offers night tours by oil-lamp and special events on holidays.


Contact Information:

Opening hours: 
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-2:00 pm