Sunday, March 25, 2012

Nazareth & Cana

The day we arrived in Israel we went straight from the airport to the Mount of Beatitudes Hospice (Tiberias) which is where we were staying, so there were no real pictures from that day. Just a couple scenic photos. I posted two of them to give you an idea of how green it was. When we arrived to the hospice it was dark, and we were tired, so we ate dinner then headed to bed.

The next day we went to Nazareth to see Mary's Well, the Church of St. Joseph which is built over the Nazareth home of the Holy Family, and the Basilica of the Annunciation where we heard Mass.

Sadly I had trouble with one of my memory cards and LOST pretty much all pictures of the Basilica and the Church of Saint Joseph. I will find some pics online and post them on a later date, so you know what we saw, but I do wish I had my own photos, I know I had some great shots I really wanted to share with you. But luckily I had another card on me, otherwise I would have lost all pics of Cana too.

View from the bus driving to Tiberias

View from the bus driving to Tiberias


You can see the top of the Basilica of the Annunciation in the middle of the photo.

Mary's Well
This is called Mary's Well, but it's actually just an extension. The actual Well is inside St. Gabriel's Church.

Amer (our tour guide) explaining all of this to us.
He was born and raised in Nazareth, and still lives there today.
He was awesome!!

Paul at "Mary's Well".

St. Gabriel's Church
Actual site of the Well, just up the hill a bit.

Inside St. Gabriel's Church

Actually Mary's Well
Water spout

Inside St. Gabriel's Church

Basilica of the Annunciation
This is the only picture I have. The inside was beautiful, and Mass was said just outside Grotto of the Annunciation in the lower Church.
There are two levels.

Down the street and around the corner. If I remember correctly the sign was put there during the Pope's visit (I think John Paul II), so that he would see it as he drove by. It was never removed because that piece of land is Muslim property.
Can you find the misspelling?

Cana Wedding Church

Inside the Wedding Church
Where we (and all couples in our group) renewed our wedding vows!!

Painting behind the Altar

Me & Paul

Cana Wedding Church
Main Church


  1. Wonderful pictures. They make me want to go to Israel. Timeless. Were you at all afraid to go there (violence?). I've hesitated because of that.

    Also, I love the photo at the top of your blog, but I'm wondering if there's any way you could label it (in very small letters to the lower right, perhaps?), so people will realize where it is. It's so perfect I thought it was a painting.

    1. I was really concerned about going, and I actually didn't really want to go, my husband did.

      I thought I would worry the whole time and be scared about violence, etc...

      But I wasn't at all. It was such a great experience, and I'm so glad we went. I think the fact that we went with a group and had a tour guide made a huge difference. If it were just me & Paul on our own it might have been a different story. But overall I did feel safe.

      Thanks about the picture!! I will see if I can figure out how to label it. :)

  2. Thanks for your post on the Holy Land. I have never been and so it is so wonderful to see your photos and read about your experience.

  3. Wow these pictures are amazing. I am so glad that you got to experpience this. Congrats to you both on the vow renewal. Love aunt Laura


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