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Holy Caves of Nazareth

Greek Orthodox Bishopric | 6089, Nazareth 1A, Israel
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Deeply moving!

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

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Daniel R
Windsor, Vermont
A must in Nazareth

This is an amazing place which gives you the feeling of how it was in the olden days where... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
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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 5 May 2017

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

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 19 February 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

Thank jiaks
Reviewed 15 December 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
Reviewed 18 March 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
Reviewed 24 January 2016

The Holy Caves is where Christians use to hide to pray during the Roman times. There is a man at the entrance that can give you information about the place.

Thank Cristina G
Reviewed 16 December 2015

When you live your staying there...you feel the magic of mystic of any holly place ...what humble place and at the same time what sublime...each stone is....where the holly family used to live...remembrer those days at first by investigating so it does not matter if...More

Thank Mexicaviajero
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

The historical place where Jews escaped from Roman soldiers. Nice place and nice guide. The entrance is free but donates is welcome.

Thank Maxim_Z77
Reviewed 10 December 2014

This is the place where Mary and Joseph resided when Mary was conceived with Jesus. One would imagine their home was made out of woods and stand on the top of the ground but it wasn't so. Their home was a cave like structure. The...More

4  Thank InSungOLee
Reviewed 24 November 2014

we were lucky enough to catch a Nigerian church group sinning in the church within and it was magical. My mum was unable to go in to the caves however I could: the stories behind them is touching we couldn't gain entry to the caves...More

3  Thank Lellieanne
Reviewed 4 November 2014

My husband and I stumbled upon this in the Old City area. The sign reads "Holly Caves" which always makes us smile. Once inside you are free to walk around and check out the caves. This isn't a big cave adventure. We were done in...More

1  Thank jsimmons
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Sean R
2 September 2015|
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