Nazarene delights

This is the entrance to the Fauzi Azar Inn in Nazareth where I stayed for two nights. The door is only 140 cm, so you have to bow down to enter (to show respect to God and to the lord of the house).

The Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. It is said to be built on the site where the virgin Mary was told that she was pregnant with the son of God by the arch-angel Gabriel.

There are so many churches in Israel. It seems that any place mentioned more than fleetingly in the New Testament has had a church built upon it. And they seem to have a penchant for odd names as well. The Church of Annunciation. The Church of the Nativity. The Church of Transfiguration. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Church of the Ascension. And so on and so forth.

A selection of the spices at the amazing El Babour spice mill in Nazareth (the name is an Arab pronounciation of the English word “Vapor”, as the mill was one of the first steam-powered mills in the Middle East. At one point, all of the spices in the Galilee were processed here.

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