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In the heart of Nazareth, beside the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel, next to Mary’s Well, in the shadow of the huge fichus tree lies the recently discovered historical treasure, an ancient bath house.

While starting renovations for the new shop in 1993, Elias and Martina uncovered the historic remains of the only public bath house in Nazareth.

The water for the bath, no doubt, came from Mary’s Well since it was the main available water source in those times.

The site contains artifacts dating back to ancient Roman times suggesting, to experts, that the bath house existed at the time of Jesus or before. Today, you can enjoy guided visits of the caldarium (hot room), the most beautiful hypocaust (heating tunnels) in the Middle East and praefurnarium (furnace) at this site.

A place that should not be missed when you travel to the Holy Land. During the tour you will relax and have refreshments in the arched hall of the cavern where wood and ashes were originally kept and today a permanent exhibition of the bath house excavations and Mary’s Well are presented. In the shop upstairs, “Cactus” offers an exquisite collection of authentic traditional embroidery, handmade jewelry, metalwork, and other beautiful works of art.

 

The gift shop is named “Cactus” due to its location at the foot of a hill once known as Cactus Hill.

In the Arabic language “Saber” means as well as “cactus”: patience, endurance and perseverance.

These are the same qualities which Elias and Martina have needed in their mission to bring the bath house to the world.

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The Ancient Bath House (Cactus) Rank #12 of 30 | Type: Ancient Ruins
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"Worth the visit"
09 October 2017
I love archeology because things just keep turning up that make us reevaluate historical opinions. This ancient bath house makes us rethink so many preconceived notions we have about the town. If it...
"Very interesting "
23 September 2017
The owner and guide was interesting and very friendly with a story to tell . The bath house is in tact and very interesting. The sweets , coffee and video were a lovely addition.
"Very interesting!"
15 September 2017
Fascinating look at what can possibly be found when you dig anywhere in Israel - history! We got a great lesson in archeology and how to date what is found, as well as learning about how steam is...
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Roman Bath House
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