Nazareth / Periods: New Testament, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, Mameluke, Turks.

 North of Israel, in the center of Nazareth, in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel, close to Mary’s Well, was recently discovered historical treasure, an ancient bath house. It is not far from the Church of the Annunciation and The Ancient Bath House of Nazareth was discovered in the late 1990s by Elias and Martina Shama during renovations inside their shop near Mary’s Well in Nazareth. This place of pilgrimage was filmed in 360° by the team of 360HolyPlaces™.

In the late 1990s, a couple from the city of Nazareth, Elias and Martina Shama discovered pipes in their wall and part of a tunnel. After digging into the wall, they discovered underground passages, and after a new digging, revealed underground much more complex and extensive. Shama contacted the Authority of Antiquities who told him that they had found an Ottoman bathhouse, little more than a century old and not really interesting, apparently, a Turkish legacy when they invaded, but Shama After three years, Shama unearthed a beautiful vaulted room, leaving also to see the remains of a white marble floor supported by columns of tiles gathered in one Complex complex of arches. Tzvi Shacham, a specialist at the Tel Aviv Museum of Antiquities, who visited the store and advised the authority that Shama had found a much rarer bathhouse, of the Crusader period, dating back approximately 1,000 years! An American research team has also conducted investigations. Radiocarbon dating and other data seem to confirm the presence of additional underground structures. In 2003, archaeologist Richard Freund declared his conviction that the site was clearly from Roman times and allowing them to know a little more about the time Jesus would have lived.

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