Nazareth Travel Blog› entry 6 of 16 › view all entries
In the next morning we drove to Galilea, and first visited Nazareth. This city is famous because Jesus grew up here and was the home of his parents Jozef and Maria. Now Nazareth is the capital and largest city in the North District of Israel. It contains 66,000 inhabitants. Known as "the Arab capital of Israel" the population is made up predominantly of Arab citizens of Israel. In the New Testament, the city is described as the childhood home of Jesus, and as such is a center of Christian pilgrimage, with many shrines commemorating biblical events. Jozef and Maria left Nazareth during the rule of King Herodus who ordered the death of many male newborn children to avoid the loss of his throne to the newborn king of the Jews. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem near Jerusalem they went to Egypt for 3 years. Joseph and Mary resettle in Nazareth after fleeing to Egypt, and Jesus spend a great part of his life as a Nazareth citizen.
It is clearly visable that Nazareth is mostly a Muslim town now, but Catolic churches are still visable. The church we visited had still a very old centre were religious worships are held and we could see one. After a visit we went on to Galilea were many of Jesus apostels come from.