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Holy Caves of Nazareth

Greek Orthodox Bishopric | 6089, Nazareth 1A, Israel
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Nothing interesting to visit. The place is in the basement and has a maximum of 100 square meters. Access is free but at

A place that keeps a cave hiding Christians by oppressors oppression. You do not have much to see... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Florentin Adria... G
interesting

we could climb down and see the alleged house where Jesus was brought up. several rooms had... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tejas P
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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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Greek Orthodox Bishopric | 6089, Nazareth 1A, Israel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A place that keeps a cave hiding Christians by oppressors oppression. You do not have much to see. In addition, only a person takes care of this place and gives you no explanation as to what this place is. Anyway, if you decide to visit...More

Thank Florentin Adria... G
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svalmonte, Manager at Holy Caves of Nazareth, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Thanks for your feedback. It's always important to hear all views. Having said that, I'm a little confused by your comments. The Caves is a Holy site containing thousands of years of history. Entry is free, and there are people available to answer all...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we could climb down and see the alleged house where Jesus was brought up. several rooms had interesting furniture

Thank Tejas P
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Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

This place open limitely. only at 9am and 1pm. So you should arrived here right on time if you want to visit.

2  Thank Ishi E
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svalmonte, Manager at Holy Caves of Nazareth, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2017

Hello Can you please explain your low rating. I can see your comments are accurate and will be helpful to other visitors, but I'm a little confused by the 2 star rating. Thanks Andrew

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Reviewed October 12, 2017

A must visit for every Catholic, visiting this place for the first with my wife was one of the most moving visits in the Holy Land. Takes your back to the biblical days simplicity of the space helped us feel connected with those people centuries...More

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Reviewed September 18, 2017

Religious persecution is not new. These caves show how early Christians used to live in limestone caves underground. Entry is by donation. Interesting to see. TIP: Probably 20 minutes is adequate.

1  Thank Ross K
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Reviewed July 27, 2017

Visiting does not take long, but visiting this place with my teenage son was one of the most moving visits in our time in the Holy Land. The man at the candle stand explained how the early Christians hid here during the Roman persecutions, and...More

3  Thank Michael A
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svalmonte, Manager at Holy Caves of Nazareth, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We're very please that it was a moving and enjoyable experience for you. Andrew

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Reviewed May 5, 2017

Knowing the history brings what you are looking at is a moving experience. Wear good shoes to this site.

Thank Daniel R
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Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing place which gives you the feeling of how it was in the olden days where Christians were hiding from Roman's in these caves. Imagine the hard life they have just to be a Christian and compare to the luxuries you have...More

2  Thank jiaks
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Reviewed December 15, 2016

under the bishop house ,archeology explore net of canals from the period of the roman period.the canals believed to be stretched hundreds of meters.till that time only short meters have been explored,but from that you can learn how people inthats caves managed their day by...More

Thank shuki860
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Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

This place contains a lot of history of Christianity. Supposedly, Christians during 1st century hid here from Romans who persecuted them. We visited this place in the morning. We had to ask a guy to open the gate of the caves. It is free of...More

2  Thank Andrius K
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Sean R
September 2, 2015|
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Response from svalmonte | Property representative |
Hi They should be open depending on what time you'll be there. Occasionally the caretaker/guide will need to run over to St Gabriel's Church momentarily. If you find that the gates are closed please inquire at St Gabriel's... More
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