Background: Many experts believe that Nazareth never actually existed at the time of Jesus due to lack of archeological findings. On the contrary, much of its history lies underground, hidden from modern eyes, but two are open to the public. Among these is a cave system underneath the property of the Greek Orthodox diocese, somewhere near Mary's Well. This cave contains what possibly may well be the beginnings of the world's first church altar, still in its rudimentary yet undisturbed state.
(Another cave is located at the Sisters of Nazareth convent, near the Basilica of Annunciation, at the opposite end of town from the Greek Orthodox church. This one has catacombs, another altar, mosaics, paved streets and ancient homes. A guided tour by the nuns may be arranged by your hotel or through the Nazareth Cultural and Tourism Association.)
PROS: Of particular interest to historians, archeologists, biblical scholars and to Christian pilgrims in general, these subterranean caves reveal the world of the early Galilean Christians, the ones whom Jesus would have interacted with on a daily basis.
CONS: More to see at the Sisters of Nazareth's site and better organized tour.
Verdict: Worth a short visit -- if you have time -- for its historical significance, if nothing else. Be sure to arrange a guided tour. And, oh, bring a torch.
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