Trip Start Nov 10, 2011
33Trip End Dec 03, 2011
So, on to Nazareth. We arrived last Friday afternoon -- almost a week ago -- so I hope I can remember the details. Two thousand years ago, Nazareth was a sleepy little burg of about 100 families
Famous as the site of the Annunciation and the childhood of Jesus, there is more to the history of Nazareth. The village suffered at the hands of the Romans during the Jewish Revolt of 66 CE, then flourished under the Byzantines, and later became an important Christian site with the Crusader conquest of the Holy Land in 1099. After the resurgence of Muslim power in the 12th and 15th centuries, Christians found it dangerous to visit. Improving relations by the 18th century allowed the Franciscans to acquire the Basilica of the Annunciation, and they have maintained a Christian presence ever since.