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Synagogue Church is a small Christian church in the heart of Nazareth known by this name because above its doorway is an embedded sign: "the synagogue."
The structure is currently controlled by the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Its floor is sunken about 1.5 meters underground, possibly built atop a Crusader church dating from the 12th century.
The church was under the control of the Franciscan until the 18th century, when the ruler Daher al-Omar passed it to the Greek Catholics.
According to Christian tradition, this church is built on the ruins of the ancient Nazareth synagogue where Jesus studied and prayed.
In addition, this is where one Shabbat day "Saturday", Jesus delivered his famous sermon (Matthew 13, Mark 6, Luke 4) based on Isaiah 61, where he declared himself as the Messiah to his Jewish village members. This sermon infuriated the listeners who dragged him to a cliff to throw him over, but he escaped.
Little is known of the years Jesus spent in Nazareth, leading scholars to describe this time as “the silent years.”
In 570 an Italian visitor described the synagogue, and reported that the original Bible was still there, including the bench where Jesus used to sit on.

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The Synagogue Church Rank #10 of 30 | Type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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"Tiny church"
13 March 2018
More of significance given history than actual beauty in the building it self. Both outside and inside not too photogenic
"Nice to understand how the early churches were"
18 February 2018
This church lets you see how the early churches were, as Christians gathered in a synagogue. The market in the way in is also interesting.
"Not easy to find."
11 January 2018
It is right in the middle of Old Nazareth market. This narrow Old market street starts near the exit from Basilica of the Annunciation. The Synagogue Church was closed, so I took several photos from...
Location Information
6120 50-57 Nazareth