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“Interesting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Holy Caves of Nazareth

Holy Caves of Nazareth
Greek Orthodox Bishopric | 6089, Nazareth 1A, Israel
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Owner description: The Holy Caves are the centre of ancient Nazareth. Many experts believe that Nazareth never actually existed at the time of Jesus due to lack of findings. Well these caves are proof that there certainly Was life here in Nazareth pre-Jesus, but it was all in an underground city built over centuries by Jews and early Christians trying to escape Roman persecution.Here at the Holy Caves you'll get a free guided tour in the only caves you are allowed access to in Nazareth. You'll be transported back in time and shown exactly where Mary walked to gather water through a network of tunnels that have yet to be excavated. What's more, you'll get the opportunity to see what could possibly be the world's first Christian alter.
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

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.

Visited May 2012
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“Preserved caves where the angel appeared to the shepherds.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

The caves were interesting, very dark. We were told this is a place Jesus and His disciples would meet.

Visited March 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Fascinating place - without enough research.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

These caves seem to be the tip of the iceberg with regard to research of early Christianity.

Very recommended for lovers of history.

Visited October 2012
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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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“Go there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I visited the caves today and they are really special! Don't miss them if you come to Nazareth. Ask someone to explain the history of the caves and spend some time alone in the caves to feel the very special atmosphere.

Visited October 2012
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“interesting visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I went here today you should make the ffort to go, its not off the ebaten track its just in the old quarter and very easy to find. Just turn up and theres always someone there to give you a very informative tour about the caves and history of nazareth

Visited October 2012
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