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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 #9 of 30 | Type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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"Synagogue Church"
01 October 2017
I wandered into this little place when I was looking for the White Mosque - but so glad it did. It is a real find. Its simplicity is special.
"Intriguing insight into a first century synagogue"
19 September 2017
A seemingly modest building is an excellent example of a first century synagogue which also represented the local meeting place. A well trained guide will also explain the history, customs and the...
06 September 2017
Within walking distance of Main Street. Minimal furnishings but gives good idea of an early synagogue. A good place to take a group if you want a rest and a place to talk.
Location Information
6120 50-57 Nazareth