|Tzipori National Park|
|Basilica of the Annunciation|
Then on to the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, where the angel visited Mary. Nazareth is a large city with about 30% christians and 60% muslims. The Basilica is a beautiful church built around a cave which is thought to be the place of the annunciation.
We then had a splendid lunch - more Falafel, and a change to wander through the old city and to see theSynagogue where Jesus read the scriptures. People in the market were very helpful in opening up the building which now belongs to the Melkite Church.
Then we boarded the bus for a short trip to a fascinating place - Nazareth Village. This is a reconstruction of life in Jesus' time, with "villagers" showing us the way of life. We saw a vine press and a synagogue, a carpenter and a weaver.