I am very out of touch with UK at the moment, but I have read the Professor Richard Dawkins is on the telly again, proof that atheists can be just as opinionated and annoying than any religious people.
I am reluctant to believe any figures in the mainstream media the church attendance is declining, when you have some churches like in my home city which have repurposed old buildings that were used (or share with another organisation) for something different, ie: a snooker hall. I know in Israel there are some secret churches where ex-Muslim people go to in Arab areas which could put them in danger if they got discovered.
There is a lot of different religious buildings in Nazareth. Churches can be current places of worship or dusty buildings of history.
Monastry ontop of the hill of the city. This one is called ‘Ecole Jesus the Adolescent – Don Bosco’ I couldn’t go in because of this big electric gate which has no details if it was possible to visit from the public.
Greek church, this one is the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, its close to the Mary’s well I mentioned previously.
Yes those black clouds turned into rain a few minutes later :o)
I am not sure if this stage outside of the Greek church is for a wedding or Easter service.
One of the tours I was on showed us some churches more hidden away from the main roads:
These places have a lot of highly decorative pictures and fittings here. These are not everyone’s taste, but I wonder how synagogues where in the time of King Solomon as he built the biggest most grandest places for worshipping God as he was very wealthy.
For me, church is the body of people that there, the fabric part of the building isn’t too important. After a while the churches do get a bit samey in their styles and decoration. The old ones in Jerusalem are pretty similar, with the main differences being writing which can be in Russian, Armenian or Greek.
Although obscured by a bus, and I can only really see this poster which made me smile, I would really liked to visit this one, but I didn’t spot it until I was on a bus on my way home back to Jerusalem.
I left out the main church in Nazareth, the Basilica church of the Annuciation, for a good reason, next I show this huge church and a few pleasant surprises I saw there…
1. Arrival at the city – 2. Staying in the old city – 3. The modern day Nazarene carpenter – 4. Where Jesus first preached – 5. Religious vehicles in Nazareth – 6. Mary’s Well and the Bath house – 7. The precipice – 8. On top of the Precipice hill – 9. More old city streets and market – 10. The spice shop – 11. Churches from A to Z or Alpha to Omega – 12. The Basilica church – 13. Easter service at the Basilica