Nazareth, home town of Jesus

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Grotto of Annunciation © Ramessos/cc-by-sa-3.0

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Nazareth is the largest city in the Northern District of Israel. Nazareth is known as “the Arab capital of Israel”. Nazareth Illit (lit. “Upper Nazareth”), declared a separate city in June 1974, is built alongside old Nazareth. In the New Testament, the town is described as the childhood home of Jesus, and as such is a center of Christian pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical events. With the exception of the Old City, the two Nazareths are architecturally uninspired, as are most of the other development towns of Israel, too. In March 2010, the Israeli government approved a $3 million plan to develop Nazareth’s tourism industry. New businesses receive start-up grants of up to 30 percent of their initial investment from the Ministry of Tourism.

Modern-day Nazareth is nestled in a natural bowl which reaches from 320 metres above sea level to the crest of the hills about 488 metres. Nazareth is about 25 kilometres from the Sea of Galilee and about 9 kilometres west from Mount Tabor. The major cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are situated approximately 146 kilometres and 108 kilometres respectively, away from Nazareth. The Nazareth Range, in which the town lies, is the southernmost of several parallel east-west hill ranges that characterize the elevated tableau of Lower Galilee.

Souvenir shop next to the Basilica of the Annunciation © Tiamut Upper Nazareth © Eranrabl/cc-by-3.0 Nazareth © Tiamut Basilica of Annunciation © flickr.com - Larry Koester/cc-by-2.0 Basilica of the Annuciation © Zairon/cc-by-sa-4.0 Basilica of the Annuciation © Zxc0505/cc-by-sa-4.0 Basilica of the Annunciation © flickr.com - Konrad Summers/cc-by-sa-2.0 Basilica of the Annunciation © Masterjohn1881/cc-by-sa-3.0 Grotto of Annunciation © Ramessos/cc-by-sa-3.0
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In Luke’s Gospel, Nazareth is first described as ‘a town of Galilee’ and home of Mary (Luke 1:26). Following the birth and early epiphanial events of chapter 2 of Luke’s Gospel, Mary, Joseph and Jesus “returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth”

In 2011, Nazareth had over 20 Arab-owned high-tech companies, mostly in the field of software development. According to the Haaretz newspaper the city has been called the “Silicon Valley of the Arab community” in view of its potential in this sphere. Israel Military Industries employs “some 300” people in Nazareth manufacturing munitions.

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