Nazareth notes

Nazareth has been around for a long time. Today,  it is  a city with an Arab population, many of whom are Christians as opposed to being muslims,  and a minority Jewish population. It is a bit of a melting pot which has largely lost its rural roots. Today we travelled for about 45 minutes to reach Nazareth and visited  the Nazareth Village project.

The modern city of Nazareth, no longer a rural hamlet!

The modern city of Nazareth, no longer a rural hamlet!

Now this project is a bit like the  Jondaryan Woolshed concept. But in a setting right in the middle of Nazareth; houses, apartments and shops hemming it in.  It is a re-creation of a first century Nazareth Village environment. Hillside farm terraces, olive trees,  grape arbors, donkeys, goats and a flock of sheep roam the land. There is a fully reconstructed village including homes, shops, a synagogue and a working olive press. In clearing the land for the village project a first century grape press was also revealed having been carved into the rock surface below where the garden terraces would have been and are now reconstructed. The objective of the Project is to introduce us to the lifestyle of villagers at the time of Jesus and the impact this culture had on his teaching. I think it succeeds and is well worth the visit.

Donkeys on the go in Nazareth Village project

Donkeys on the go in Nazareth Village project

                                                                      

Some sheep too

Some sheep too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later we visited the Church of the Annunciation which sits on the site (Mary’s house)  which has traditionally been associated with the visitation of the Angel Gabriel to tell Mary she was pregnant with Jesus. To what extent this site is it or not seems when you visit the place to be a bit irrelevant compared to the  feelings and imagery conjured up by just being there.                                                                                                                          

The Church of The Annunciation and its courtyard area is filled with mosaics of representations of The Virgin Mary and Jesus from around the world. Whilst it is the same subject the representations are all different and reflect the culture of the country. This is the Australian one which is one of the few that are actually inside the Church.

The Church of The Annunciation and its courtyard area is filled with mosaics of representations of The Virgin Mary and Jesus from around the world. Whilst it is the same subject the representations are all different and reflect the culture of the country. This is the Australian one which is one of the few that are actually inside the Church.

We returned mid afternoon to the hotel and to get ready to go up the Golan Heights tomorrow and,  amongst other things, overlook the Syrian border.

About allthegobro

I am a retired accountant who does a bit of consulting work from time to time. Leanne and I enjoy travelling around seeing the world and we are now going to have some fun recording our experiences in this blog

Posted on April 6, 2013, in Israel & Turkey 2013. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Showed some of the teams photos in Church today.

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