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“Dissapointing attitude”

The Ancient Bath House in Nazareth
Ranked #12 of 30 things to do in Nazareth
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

Visited there with my girlfriend. They insisted we pay 120 NIS for a 30 min. guided tour and wouldn't even let us take a quick look inside.
The shop itself is boring and super pricey.

Thank Daveozz
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

The gallery and gift shop houses an underground antique bath house (which I missed to visit; a guided 30min tour is obligatory, unfortunately). Yet I may recommend the gallery which assembles a good choice of local products (i.e. hand made belts from Syrian silk; hand-crafted hats, bags and shawls or greeting cards). There are also the "obligatory" wood-carved Christian souvenirs, but that has to be in a shop net to "Mary's Well".

The owner is a very kind and well informed lady from Belgium who moved to Nazareth for her love; she was willing to answer me all kind of questions and telling the story of her products as well as about Nazareth.

Thank maxHertz
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Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

Put this on your tour when visiting Nazerath. A really fascinating place giving an incite into the early Roman Times, accompanied by it's enthusiastic and informed owner.

Thank Leigh O
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Background: Near Mary's Well and underneath a small souvenir shop called Cactus, there lies an ancient public bathhouse, reportedly dating to Jesus' time. Discovered in 1993 by the shop's owner Elias Shama, the unearthed site still bears its well-preserved hot room (sauna), underfloor heating and vent system as well as the ancient furnace. Because it is (so far) the only public bathhouse in Nazareth, it is claimed that Mary and, by inference, also Jesus, may have bathed here.

PRO: It is so close to Mary's Well and to St. Gabriel's Church that it can be easily included as part of any tour of the Orthodox Church of Annunciation. The gift shop offers traditionally-made souvenirs, crafts, jewelry and the like. The guided tour is led by the owner himself and thus possess intimate knowledge of the excavation site. Reservations, though recommended, are not required. Complimentary coffee and cake is included after the tour.

CON: The only access is through the Cactus gift shop, and the owner charges a flat rate of £22 (up to a group of 4 people) for entrance into the bathhouse. That's way too expensive for solo visitors! There's only one tour guide. Without prior reservations, you may have to wait long for another group to finish before entering. Most importantly, the age and nature of the bathhouse is still under controversy, as not all experts agree.

Verdict: An interesting archeological site, for sure, but it is expensive for solo travelers. It loses one star for poor monetary value. However, considering that the excavator (Elias) is neither funded by the government nor by the academia, he can be forgiven for that slight. Perhaps, if he pro-rated his admission fee, then... Otherwise, if going solo, wait for a group to visit and then join them. It's a coin toss for me. Your call.

3  Thank Eternal_Nomad_12
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

An extremely fascinating building and fascinating story behind it's recovery. Very much worth visiting. Whereelse can you crawl right through a huge Roman heating system!? Elias explains all his discoveries quite vividly and has achieved a lot of knowledge which he enjoys sharing with you.

1  Thank Rinrintin
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