The Galilee Mill (El Babour)
The Galilee Mill (El Babour) is a spice shop also housing a 100 year old Mill. The mill was built by the Wagner family of the Templar movement at the end of the 19th century and provided grinding and storage services for the city's farmers. The Galilee Mill, or "el-Babour" is located on the edge of Nazareth's Old City, close to Mary's Well. It combines an interesting history with an active store containing over a thousand kinds of spices and herbs.
The mill has large doors which provided access for farmers, along with their camels carrying sacks of grain and crops for grinding. Advanced machines and tools were brought from Germany and a large yard was built to hold animals. While the animals were left to eat and drink, their owners would trade in wheat, bulgur, corn and other crops.
When the British arrived to Nazareth the Germans left and the site was leased by Jarjoura Kanazze. Kanazze proceeded to develop the mill by importing modern grinding machines from Europe and today the mill is run by his grandchildren.
A visit to the mill is strongly recommended, both to see the impressive grinding machines and old tools and also to enjoy the wonderful scents emanating from the wide variety of spices, herbs and aromatherapy oils.