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Church of St. Joseph

The Church of Saint Joseph was built above the former home and workshop of Saint Joseph, the Earthly father of Jesus and Mary’s husband. Beneath the church is a grotto which was a Roman Era dwelling and had areas for storage and silos. Today there is a chapel in the grotto which is reached by a small staircase. The site has been revered since the Byzantine Era when it was identified as the home of the Holy Family. Since then a Byzantine church, Crusader church (12th century AD) and Franciscan church (1754) have stood on this site. The present church dates back to 1914.