Nazareth Old City Tour
Duration: 2-3 hours
This path is also known as the "Pilgrims Path" since it goes through the most holy Christian sites. This walk fits for all ages and covers the prettiest, holiest, most important historical sites. In case your time in the city is limited – this is the walk for you! .
The walk begins at Mary's Well (you can park in one of the many parking lots around). We will visit Mary's Spring (El Sabil in Arabic) which was recently renovated. .
Ancient Bath House
Immediately adjacent is the pleasant souvenir shop Cactus within which is the entrance to an Ancient Bath House. In front of it we can find the Old Bathhouse of Nazareth, where we would also visit. Today there's a lovely store there, called "Cactus". The Bathhouse visit entails payment and includes a guided tour and light refreshments. This Bathhouse was magnificently preserved and is dated all the way back to the Roman times, 2,000 years ago.
Orthodox Church of Annunciation
The next stop would be the nearby plaza where we visit the Greek-Orthodox Church, also known as the Orthodox Church of Annunciation and St. Gabriel Church. This is where, according to the Christian tradition, Archangel Gabriel appeared before Virgin Mary and announced her she would be carrying the Messiah in her womb.
After that we keep following the Pilgrim's Path to the Nazareth City Hall and the Moscowbiya – a most impressive 100 years old building which was used as a hostel for the Russian Pilgrims. Today this building is used for the city's Police station. Next we would go through 6098 St. to the Bishop Square.
On the right side you can see the Greek-Orthodox Bishopric, a white building in the Greek style, facing picturesque houses, reminiscent of Venetian palazzos, which have recently been preserved and renovated.
The Folklore House
The house on the left is Writers' House, an art institute. Then we keep walking along 6098 Street to Sebat Qa'war alley – Sebat is an architectonic arched building and Qa'war is the family to which this building belongs to. Then we reach the Folklore House (Beit al-Sebat), the home of Tanous Qa'war - Nazareth's first mayor in 1875. Today the building houses a museum re-creating life in the Galilee from the last century (entrance fee payable).
The Vegetable Market
From Folklore House we would turn left to Street 6132 towards the vegetable market, and then left again to Street 6089 where we can visit Casa Palestina - a beautiful mansion that was used to store barley in 1810; the building's history would be told by the owners. Inside you can find a coffee shop and a handicraft gallery (free entrance).
Leaving Casa Palestina, we would pass through an arched walkway leading to the Seraya building, the Ottoman rule center since 1735. This impressive, beautiful building is currently undergoing preservation work in order to convert is to a municipal museum about the city's history.
The White Mosque
Back to the vegetable market, and then to ccourtyard with its pencil-like tower, where we would ask for permission to come inside and learn about its ancient history and the messages of peace and friendship characterizing the mosque. .
Basilica of Annunciation
After that we would walk along 6133 St. into the well-preserved and restored Old City market, stroll through lanes and alleys leading off to the right and left and eventually get to the magnificent Basilica of Annunciation which a visit to Nazareth is never complete without.
Allow yourself to enjoy the delicious fare served in one of the many restaurants, and share a sweet moment with the baklawa and kenafi in one of the famous Eastern Nazareth candy stands.