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“Definitely worth a visit”

St. Gabriel's Church
Ranked #7 of 29 things to do in Nazareth
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Arad, Israel
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed 4 July 2013

One of 2 Churches of Annunciation. This one has a more historic and authentic feel to it. I particularly liked the little spring that ran inside which was apparently connected to Mary's Well which is now sadly neglected.

Visited July 2013
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Spring City, Tennessee
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“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

I spent the afternoon walking in Nazareth with part of the destination St. Gabriel's Church. the previous year we arrived and it was close. What a blessing to visit inside this beautiful Church. Beauty in the art work, the carvings and the experience is overwhelming knowing I was in a place where Mary actually visited in the wonderful village.

Visited January 2013
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Stockport Cheshire
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“busy”
Reviewed 8 May 2013

There were a lot of people here but it was an amazing church and worth a visit, remember to cover up legs and shoulders

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“The Other Church of the Annunciation”
Reviewed 16 April 2013

At the northern end of Paulus VI Street, near Mary's Well, lies St. Gabriel's Church (otherwise known as the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation). Many visitors do not realise that the site in Nazareth where Mary received the divine revelation (Annunciation) through the angel Gabriel is still contested to this day by the Roman Catholic and the Greek Orthodox faiths. Whereas Catholic tradition says that Gabriel appeared to Mary at her home (over which the Basilica now sits), the Greek Orthodox (relying on a different tradition) says that Mary was visited by Gabriel as she drew water from the public well (now Mary's Well). St. Gabriel's Church sits above this well-preserved, still-functional well. Consequently, out of fairness, especially after visiting the Catholic Church, our tour group had to come here.

PROS: In keeping with Orthodox tradition, the colourful frescoes and ornate icons are a sight to see. A point of interest is the Iconostatis, a huge screen made of walnut wood, intricately carved to depict various icons of the Annunciation event, Mary with the infant Jesus, Jesus growing up, John the Baptist, different plants and animals, etc. The iconostatis was a donation from a wealthy Greek merchant who was disappointed with the church's décor when he visited shortly after its inauguration in 1767. The other centre of attraction is the open spring below the church. Pilgrims still get water there for healing purposes.

CONS: Much like many traditional churches, out of respect, there is a dress code: Cover your shoulders and bare legs. Remove your cap or hat. Leave your footwear by the door. Do not try to enter wearing shorts (like I did and was promptly reprimanded. Sorry. I had to return later in long pants.) Like Jews, it looks like men and women worship separately. Be aware. Sadly, clueless tourists go about with their noisy cohorts unmindful of ongoing worship services.

Verdict: Definitely worth a visit. Arrive early before the oncoming crush of the tourist crowd. Respect the dress code by wearing appropriate clothing. And be mindful of the worshippers. Recommended. Grade A-minus.

Visited May 2012
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Oakland, California
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“A beautiful church”
Reviewed 9 January 2013

Beautiful and opulent inside. One of the most impressive sights in Nazareth and perhaps all of Israel.

Visited January 2013
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