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Nazareth is a city in northern Israel, it is best known as the home town of the holy family, Mary, Joseph and their son Jesus. Today Nazareth is a large modern city shared by both Jews and Arabs but in Biblical times the city was a small town. Excavations around the Church of the Annunciation have uncovered the original¬†1st century village. The Basilica of the Annunciation was built on the site believed to have been Mary’s home and where the Angel Gabriel came to her and told her of her eminent pregnancy and son. Next to the Church of the Annunciation is the Church of Saint Joseph built on the site where Joseph had his carpentry workshop. Other sites in Nazareth include Mary’s Well and the reconstructed “Nazareth Village.” If you are in Nazareth in December you can enjoy the Christmas Market.