Rimonim Ha'Maayan Nazareth Hotel
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... remains and today this church is the largest church building in the Middle East. It remains under the control of the Franciscans and was dedicated in 1964 by Pope Paul VI. Our first stop was in the Grotto of the Annunciation (lower level of the church). This is the site where Mary and Joseph lived and where Mary was told that she would be Jesus's mother. We viewed it both from a balcony and then close up. After a walk ...
... Knights had a big setup here. When the Holy land was occupied by the Christians after the second crusade, the knights were in charge of safety, security and finances in the region. Saladin conquered the region for the Muslims in 1187 only to relinquish it back to the 3rd crusade in 1191 (Ric************* Heart). Apparently, the 2 leaders became friends and Richard promised his sister to Saladin's brother as a gesture of friendship! Akko remained the defacto capital ...
... to us what we really needed was a shawarma. He said, in broken English, that falafel was for breakfast (I guess) and shawarma was for evening. He was persistant in saying "you get shawarma, I show you". So off to the mysterious shawarma place we proceeded not knowing where in the world he was taking us. When we got to the mystery place he took us through the back of resturant and bought us the most ...
... the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down.
And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. ...
Day 3 in Israel found us traveling north to see the town of Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and the River Jordan. Surprisingly this day turned out to be the most religious in its feeling. Maybe it was simply the lack of crowds and extreme commercialization near the visited sites.
The River Jordan is significant as it seen as being the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Surprisingly the ...