We Pulled Into Nazareth

17 Dec

Nazareth Christmas Tree

One of the oddest Christmas trees i've ever seen. Totally fake and way too symmetrical! But probably pretty when lit up at night.

Basilica of the Annunciation

Basilica of the Annunciation

Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel

Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel

Nazareth is the largest Arab city in Israel populated almost exclusively by Palestinian Arabs, roughly a third of whom are Christian. This weekend the annual Christmas market is taking place so we decided it was about time for a visit. Our plan of getting there really early to beat the traffic (supposedly especially bad on a Saturday) garnered us a primo parking space. But we were there way too early for the opening of the Christmas Market. We whiled away the time visiting some of the main attractions in the Old City: The Basilica of the Annunciation (claims to be built upon the site of the Virgin Mary’s home where the Annunciation is said to have taken place), The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel (also claims to be built at the site of the Annunciation at a natural spring) and the souk (market place). We decided to also visit the Coptic Church of the Annunciation, a bit off the beaten path and, unfortunately, closed. Eventually the market began to spring to life. It was nice to see some Christmas decor and hear Christmas music but it was really a sad little market. (Of course, we’ve been spoiled by all the Christmas markets we visited in Germany!) I was delighted, however, to see some wares being sold by a nonprofit org from Bethlehem and made some purchases. We had a quick lunch of falafel (for me) and shwarma (for B), purchased some Arab sweets to go and made our way back home.


2 Responses to “We Pulled Into Nazareth”

  1. Don December 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Lenora– That is not a Christmas tree, but the famous “Yule Cone” of Nazareth. I would have thought you’d know a thing like that!

  2. Lenora Genovese December 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Donaldo!! Good to hear from you.

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