On receiving the entry pass and visa permit to Israel we hopped into a bus to see a new face waiting for us, he was our travel guide Mr. Hani, who has been associated with Zion Tours and Travel from the time the company started.
All through the journey to Nazareth Mr. Hani briefed us on the rich history, culture and geography of Israel. In midst of being engrossed to the knowledge that was passed on and travelling through the country side, we reached the city of Nazareth, where we asked to step out of the bus and follow our Guide through the streets of Casa Nova to visit Church of the Annuniciation.
On reaching the Church we were informed that the towering cupola of the Church of the Annunciation stands over the cave which was the home of the Virgin Mary, where angel Gabriel appeared and announced to Mary that she is about to give birth of Jesus. The Church courtyard is filled with vibrant mosaic art from all over the world dedicated to Mary and baby Jesus.
The Church has been Divided into two sections the lower and upper section. we visited the lower section first followed with the upper section.
- Picture of the lower section:
The church is decorated by works of art dedicated to Mary and to the Annunciation that were donated by every Nation.
- Picture of the upper section:
We later walked to Church of Joseph’s which is adjacent to the . It is called the carpenter workshop of the Holy family.
After finishing our visits we boarded our bus and proceeded to the Hotel Rimonim which will house us for the next 2 days. Our Dinner call was at 7 p.m. The buffet spread was sumptuous with choices in meat, fish, salads, and desserts. Post dinner a few fellow travelers walked down to the city and ended the day with lots of laughter.